Senior Leeds player makes unhappiness clear with social media message
By Alex Stevens
Marco Silvestri has taken to Instagram to express his unhappiness at his bit-part role at Leeds.
The goalkeeper was the No1 at Elland Road for two seasons before the signing of Rob Green last summer pushed him down the pecking order.
Italian Silvestri has been forced to settle for a fringe role this season, his third at the club, in which all his six appearances have come in cup competitions.
Ex-England international Green has played the entirety of Leeds’ 33-match Championship campaign as the club push strongly for a return to the Premier League after 13 years.
Silvestri posted a message on his personal Instagram account on Monday morning, that he also uploaded on Twitter, in which he made clear his frustration at his diminished status and hinted at how he is having to dig deep to avoid despair.
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“A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person who never fell,” wrote Silvestri, accompanied by the hashtag ‘resilience’.
A person who falls and gets back up is much stronger than a person… https://t.co/vOQVGbzpuG
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) February 20, 2017
It is unclear what inspired Silvestri to post the message, or whether he had suffered a new setback beyond his fringe status in the squad.
The 25-year-old, a former Italy Under-21 international, was an unused substitute on Saturday as Leeds came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Ipswich in a Championship clash at Portman Road.
The future of the goalkeeper, who joined Leeds from Chievo in the summer of 2014, is likely to be high on the agenda in the summer.
Silvestri is contracted to the Yorkshire giants until June 2018 after signing a four-year deal when he made the move from his homeland.