I’m going to through the squad ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Ipswich and compare it with the squad from last season. The comparisons will be with players playing in the same or very similar position. The changes have been widespread and quick and in recent weeks we are finally starting to see some of the new faces come out of their shell and step up in games. The first article is the goalkeepers, Marco hasn’t left yet but he’s been replaced by Rob Green. I’ll put my verdict at the bottom of the article.
Silvestri vs Green
Many fans are still engaged in debate about Marco Silvestri and Robert Green. The latter hasn’t had the greatest of starts to his Leeds career but there are certainly improvements in my mind. Green is experienced and when he has made errors he comes back strong. Silvestri’s confidence is made of glass and it got shattered all too often, leading to a catalogue of basic malfunctions that could last for weeks. Marco Silvestri is probably a better shot-stopper and has better reflexes to be fair, but Green has also pulled off some very good saves this season.
Watching the 15/16 season back it was so obvious that Silvestri cost us so many points. The defenders that protected him certainly didn’t help his cause but kicking, catching and speaking were all dreadful. On Tuesday he got a start in the cup and some of his old failings came back to Elland Road. Three or four kicks went out of play and instead of coming to catch crosses some dodgy punching took its place. Green can occasionally flap but nothing like Silvestri.
Personally I feel much more comfortable with Green between the sticks but many think otherwise. It’s the basics that help me come to my conclusion.
Verdict – Rob Green
Next up will be Pontus Jansson vs Sol Bamba