Three reasons why Leeds should offload this 25-year-old flop in January
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds should cash in on Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri after a poor display against Cambridge on Monday night.
The 25-year-old allowed striker Uche Ikpeazu to beat him at his near post during the 2-1 FA Cup third-round win, before a number of questionable saves and punches put his team in danger.
With Leeds manager Garry Monk looking to bring in reinforcements this month to boost his side’s promotion hunt, Silvestri should be sold to free up some much-needed cash.
The youngster has finally recovered from a hand injury and is more than capable of being Rob Green’s understudy. The academy product has made just one appearance for the Yorkshire giants, coming into the side against QPR in April 2016 and performed well during the 1-1 Championship draw. Still only 20, the commanding goalkeeper has the quality to provide Leeds with a decent back-up without worrying manager Monk of becoming disillusioned as he warms the substitute’s bench.
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Although struggling against Monday night’s League Two opposition, Silvestri has shown that he has the ability to produce in between the sticks. His heroics in the penalty shootout against Norwich in the EFL Cup will have proved that he is able to produce. With that in mind, putting Silvestri in the shop window will more than likely attract potential buyers this month. The former Cagliari goalkeeper has 18 months remaining on his current deal, and would command a decent transfer fee that Monk would be able to reinvest in other areas of the squad.
Silvestri is renowned for his questionable mentality since his arrival at Elland Road in the summer of 2014. In April 2015, the goalkeeper was one of six players to refuse to play for Leeds against Charlton along with Mirco Antenucci, Edgar Cani, Souleymane Doukara, Dario Del Fabro and Giuseppe Bellusci. Even this season, the goalkeeper deleted his Twitter account after reportedly liking a tweet that suggested 37-year-old manager Monk should be sacked. Removing a player like that from the dressing room will only benefit Leeds.
In other Leeds transfer news, this BBC journalist has revealed what it will take to sign Norwich ace Sergi Canos this month.