It seems like the players who weren’t in the plans last season are in the same situation under Thomas Christiansen this summer. First Lee Erwin, Toumani Diagouraga and Luke Murphy were told they could leave, Murphy departing for Burton. Guiseppe Bellusci has had his contract terminated and now Marco Silvestri is on his way out.

Silvestri has left Leeds’ training camp in Austria to discuss the final stages of his move to Italian club Verona. According to Phil Hay the deal is at an advanced stage and it does make sense given the pecking order between the Leeds goalkeepers at the moment, Silvestri third choice behind Rob Green and new signing Felix Wiedwald. The move also makes sense with Silvestri having just one year left on his deal and Leeds looking to recoup some money for the player. Leeds will probably look for a small fee for the keeper.

Silvestri arrived as the number one at Leeds and was one of the buys of the season, not too far off winning the clubs Player Of The Year in his first season with the club. He was a one man team at times but it was his lack of communication and basic goalkeeping skills that let him down. Mistakes came and went and he didn’t improve on them, his kicking and handling highlighted as a particular weakness. His reflexes and saving were more than adequate but fans began to turn and only he knows whether the injury to his back was enough to keep him out of the Charlton game at the back end of his first season.

Silvestri should now seal his move back to Italy and it frees up wages for others, this can only be seen as a positive move for both parties.


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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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