This season has been a dream compared to previous years at Leeds United. Most of the squad has been praised on a weekly basis after impressing at a weekend. Luke Ayling, Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson, Gaetano Berardi, Ronaldo Vieira, Eunan O’Kane, Liam Bridcutt, Hadi Sacko, Pablo Hernandez, Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe. Anyone else? The last line of defence is often taken for granted, and that is Rob Green.
That is basically the full team that I’ve listed in the opening of the article. Those are the players in the main that have got us where we are. Add to that Charlie Taylor who has faced criticism but responded and was finding his best form before injury and Kalvin Phillips. For me Phillips is another who is underrated. I know he has poor games and it’s frustrating but he has played as many games as any other midfielder and we won the vast majority of game he played in. Liam Cooper, Marcus Antonsson and Stuart Dallas have struggled this season and haven’t really been singled out for praise. Green is another who gets the odd mention but has brought stability to a shaky defence, a defence that isn’t shaky anymore. His influence shouldn’t be forgotten.
Green isn’t the long-term answer, of that there is no discussion or debate. What is Green then? He is the solution to what was a huge problem. He has clangers but it’s rare and he saves us more points than he loses us for sure. Marco Silvestri isn’t the answer because he can’t do the basics. He doesn’t communicate, he can’t catch and he struggles with kicking. That all gets forgotten when he pulls of a glorious save which we don’t always see from Green. What Green does is speak to the players in front of him and no matter what people speculate on if he didn’t communicate very well we wouldn’t have such a solid back line the majority at the time. He has leaders in front of him and the triangle of himself, Bartley and Jansson is stable and gets us through the tough games.
Listening to Rob Green after the game last night was comforting. He’s seen it all in football, he knows this league inside out and he can help us in the run in this season. His saves last night meant we didn’t throw away the game when Bristol City were very much on top. People remember the mistakes, especially from a goalkeeper. he hasn’t made many and the ones he made were in a couple of high profile games. He is a leader in reality and you hear it when your sat behind his goal. He isn’t the quickest and he isn’t going to save an effort heading into the top corner but he will speak to his team and help them through the tough games. I think Monk will be delighted with the impact Green has made, Green has grown into his role at Leeds United and the fans are really beginning to appreciate what he has brought to the side.