By Alex Stevens
Kyle Bartley has revealed that Rob Green has become a hugely influential figure in the Leeds dressing room in the last six weeks.
The veteran goalkeeper, 37, has been criticised by supporters at various points of his debut campaign at Elland Road, particularly after shaky beginnings.
But Green has won over many of his critics with a series of improved displays as part of a formidable back five that also includes Bartley, Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and back-up left-back Gaetano Berardi.
Leeds continued their excellent home form with a crucial 1-0 Championship win against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Green was instrumental in his side keeping a clean sheet when he diverted a second-half Jordan Rhodes penalty on to the post with an outstanding save.
His teammate Bartley revealed what a key figure Green has also become behind the scenes.
“Greeney’s really come in to his own this last month/six weeks,” Bartley told BBC Radio Leeds in the aftermath of the match. “He’s been a great voice. His experience has really shone through and he has really proved how good he is.”
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The former England international has started all 34 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season after demoting former No1 Marco Silvestri in the pecking order.
The club’s win on Saturday afternoon lifted Garry Monk’s side into fourth position in the Championship table and eight points clear of Fulham in seventh.
Leeds have accumulated a tally of 61 points from 34 Championship matches this season and are only nine adrift of leaders Newcastle.