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Outshone Jansson and Bartley: This Leeds player has been the key to Monk's defensive success

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Rob Green made his 600th career appearance at the weekend when he helped Leeds secure a valuable clean sheet against QPR.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper has been a stalwart of the game and his experience to Garry Monk this season has been priceless

It was the 13th time during this campaign that Green stopped the opposition from scoring past his promotion-chasing team.

During that time, they went on a run of winning six games on the bounce at Elland Road and failing to concede a goal against the likes of Villa, Reading and Derby.

Fans may look at the impressive centre-back pairing of Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley being the main reason behind that success, but it should be Green who should be receiving most of the praise.

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The former England international has outshone the duo with his calmness, decision making and leadership at the back which has played an influential role on this young side.

During a dogged display at the weekend, Green produced one outstanding save which meant his team walked away from that match with a valuable point.

He has done this throughout the season and been that hidden gem for Monk who is vying to help the Yorkshire outfit earn promotion to the Premier League.

If the Whites reach their destination then Green’s experience will be vital in the top flight next season.

In other Leeds news, this player is close to a transfer to Manchester United.

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