Last night was the first chance I got to see Rob Green in discussion first-hand. He’s always been a good talker and a solid footballer, now Robert Green has landed on our doorstep to fill a position that has become a problem area at Leeds United.
Marco Silvestri has ability, he lacks the basics. Kicking, catching and most of all commanding. The Guiseley game was an eye-opener for those in attendance (at my end anyway). Ross Turnbull isn’t as good naturally as Silvestri, but the command of his 18-yard-box was evident and Leeds never looked like conceding another goal even if the game had gone on until Saturday. Enter Rob Green.
Ex-England and vastly experienced at the top of the English game Rob Green adds something to a team that we didn’t have. He was oozing confidence and class at last nights kit launch. It was very clear to see on stage and he was almost leading the other four, Roofe, Antonsson, Wood and Dallas. Green has been there and done that, got many a t-shirt and experienced highs and lows. Having him behind the defenders will add invaluable experience to a shaky line at times.
A free-transfer that cannot be underestimated. It was blatantly obvious to me that the speaking and organising from Ross Turnbull last Friday was key to us actually winning the game. The confidence filtered through the lines and up the park and the team felt solid again. Goals came and the team defended as a unit, led by a captain without an armband in Turnbull. Add some more experience to that and probably quality too and we have Rob Green. The younger players will benefit hugely from the signing and youngster Baily Peacock-Farrell will be the perfect apprentice. The young keeper recently signed a new deal and will look to learn from the new man.
I have no doubt that Green will be number one this season and I don’t think there will be many more confident goalkeepers in the Football League than Green. There will be as little who have the experience and those mixed are exactly what we need from the very back of the team. A strong core is required in this league and apart from central midfield I feel like we are just about there.