COMMENT By Coral Barry
Leeds should snap the hands off one of the clubs who have are keen to prise Marco Silvestri from Elland Road this summer.
The frustrating 25-year-old goalkeeper has endured an inconsistent two years at Elland Road and was understandably the recipient of some major criticism this season after several high profile errors in the Championship.
In April he was sent off for hacking down Lee Frecklington in Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to relegation strugglers Rotherham and then made a similar lapse in judgement for Burnley’s winner a week later on his return to action.
Scott Arfield beat the Italian from a seemingly impossible angle in the opening minutes of the game and Silvestri has continued to draw raised eyebrows from the Leeds faithful.
With three Italian clubs reportedly willing to take Silvestri off Leeds’ hands, it could be an excellent solution for all involved.
Leeds paid Chievo £400,000 for his services in 2014 and after two seasons in England they could conceivably manage to spark a minor bidding war for his services with several clubs interested.
The goalkeeper made three errors leading directly to goals last season and four the season before, so is quite clearly prone to the occasional howler.
Silvestri is still only 25 and Leeds could demand at least £1million for his services and use that money to invest in another more reliable option. It could even be the difference between finishing in a play-off spot or just outside.
However, the current first choice does not seem like he would be easily moved on with this end of season message to the Leeds supporters.
Leeds will be eager to kick on this season and be in the mix for the play-offs come April next year after a disappointing season that revolved around avoiding relegation and then Steve Evans’ future.
New manager Garry Monk is tasked with re-establishing the club as serious contenders this campaign, but it is difficult to see how the former Swansea man would be able to do that with the unreliable Silvestri between the posts.
After almost 100 appearances for the club, should Leeds cash in on the stopper or does he deserve at least one more year at Elland Road?
In other Leeds news, three Premier League clubs want to sign Charlie Taylor this summer.