Chris Wood and Pontus Jansson, there are the two names that will be on everyone’s lips at the Player Of The Year Awards come April 29th. There are others who will have their votes, Luke Ayling and Kyle Bartley, Gaetano Berardi and more. One who has come into focus the last couple of months as our performances have dropped is Rob Green.
The more the season has gone on the more admirers Rob Green has recruited with some outstanding displays. With Marco Silvestri’s recent history at the club it had Leeds fans very sceptical about not just Green but just goalkeepers in general. Silvestri seemed to leave behind a catalogue of errors when leaving the pitch and just three minutes into Rob Green’s Leeds career he was in the spotlight with a mistake at his old club. He pulled it back and another error at Newcastle followed late in the year. Two mistakes, probably less than many other goalkeepers at this level and apart from that brilliant.
Green has pulled off some glorious saves in recent games and to be brutally honest has been dragging us through the muck at times along with Chris Wood. In the main the defence has been solid but there is always the chance of getting through and when players have they have met Green who isn’t letting anything past him he could possibly stop. A save to avoid a Liam Cooper own goal against Brighton, a sublime tip over the bar from a Britt Assombalonga rocket and penalty save against Jordan Rhodes in the biggest game of the season so far are juts a few examples od what sort of season he is having. On top of that the confidence has meant his handling and kicking have become even better to the point where he is our man of the match more games than not.
Green recently extended his Leeds stay by another year which was great news for the club and the player. After a tough few years for Green where he was forced into watching rather than playing for contractual issues he has found a home at Leeds United and Elland Road. Jansson and Wood are the clear favourites for awards come April 30th but Green certainly has a case and people are beginning to realise how important he is and has been this season.