COMMENT By Coral Barry
Leeds announced the capture Rob Green on Wednesday and it could spell the end for the existing goalkeeping contingent at Elland Road.
Marco Silvestri was the first choice goalkeeper at Leeds last season and will surely lose his place to a man who is a former England No.1 and has a wealth of top flight experience.
With almost 300 appearances in the Premier League in his time with West Ham, Norwich and QPR, Green is the obvious choice ahead of Silvestri who at times has failed to convince in between the sticks.
Slivestri has already been linked with a return to Italy after two years in England and the 25-year-old would surely not be too keen to sit on the bench as Leeds’ deputy goalkeeper in the upcoming season.
Even further back in the pecking order is Ross Turnbull, whose chances of getting any first team action has now been virtually wiped out, bar some serious injuries.
Turnbull sat out most of the last campaign due to injury and, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell also signing a fresh deal earlier in the summer, he could force the 31-year-old out the door of Elland Road.
At 19, Peacock-Farrell will be desperate to get more game time and revealed after he signed his new deal that he had been given assurances over the amount of game time he will receive after being disappointment with his involvement last season.
Despite being 36, Green will be eager to re-ignite his career after losing his place to Alex Smithies in the second half of the 2015-16 season.