Leeds United made a bow in the quarter finals of the League Cup in a fine display at Anfield this season, two late goals sinking Garry Monk and his team, but the efforts of one player have been rewarded with a place in the team of the tournament. That player is a goalkeeper, Marco Silvestri.
Silvestri was one of four Football League players to make the side along with Mo Diame of Newcastle United, Matthew Pearson of Accrington Stanley and Tammy Abraham of Bristol City. Silvestri will be remembered for the three penalty saves on an emotional night at Elland Road against Norwich City. Leeds progressed and Silvestri was the hero of the hour as Leeds went to Anfield and two goals later exited the competition. Silvestri conceded a few goals in the tournament but his heroics on the night secured him the spot.
Leeds knocked out lower league opposition in Fleetwood and Luton before knocking out Blackburn and then Norwich City. Marco Silvestri has been a spectator for the majority of the season, only getting games in the cup as Rob Green impresses in the league. Green has become a favourite at Elland Road and was crucial in yesterdays win, saving a second half Jordan Rhodes penalty as Leeds went on to win 1-0 in a huge game against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
The other players to make the team were Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Hull City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin (Arsenal), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Boufal (Southampton) and Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).