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2nd Nov, 2016 | 5:38pm

Leeds fringe man full of praise for Newcastle before close league meeting

By Amir Mir

Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has labelled Championship leaders Newcastle a “Premier League team”.

The Magpies, who are managed by former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez, top the Championship table with 34 points from 15 games.

Newcastle purchased a number of high quality players during the summer transfer window, including Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and DeAndre Yedlin from the first-tier.

Former Italy-under 21s shot-stopper Silvestri, was in no doubt that Benitez’ side are “already a Premier League team in my opinion”.

The north east club travel to Premier League side Hull on November 29, with a place in the semi-final of the EFL Cup up for grabs, as Silvestri suggests they could win that encounter.

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“In the league we [Leeds] are only three points from the play-offs, so the team is doing well,” Silvestri told, as quoted by the Chronicle “I think the goal is just to point to the play-offs. We try.

“As for the cup, however, that has now become very complicated because there are only two teams from the Championship, us and Newcastle – although Benitez’s team is first, and is already a Premier League team in my opinion.

“It will be difficult for us to go through but you never know in football.”

The Whites travel to Anfield to play Liverpool for their EFL Cup clash, but before the cup fixture, they will host Newcastle at Elland Road on November 20.

The Yorkshire outfit have sold out their allocation of tickets for the Championship fixture, a landmark, they have not achieved in over six years.

In other Newcastle team news, goalkeeper Karl Darlow has revealed the club’s strength behind their winning streak.