Leeds United: Evans is warming to ‘world-class’ stopper Silvestri

Marco Silvestri.
Marco Silvestri.
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Steve Evans admitted the form of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri was winning him over after the Italian’s impressive display at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Evans described Silvestri as “outstanding” and said he understood why Leeds United had moved to bring him to the club in 2014 following his influential outing in a 0-0 draw at The Valley.

Leeds dominated Charlton after half-time but missed glaring chances and they were reliant on Silvestri’s reflexes to earn them a point.

The former Cagliari player produced a diving save from Ademola Lookman in the first half and denied Ricardo Vaz Te in the second with a reaction which Evans called “world class”.

Silvestri has come under pressure at stages of this season due to costly errors and Evans considered signing another keeper following his appointment as head coach in October.

Leeds remain short of cover with Ross Turnbull recovering from a broken ankle and likely to be missing until February. Teenager Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been on the bench for the past three matches.

Evans, however, talked up Silvestri’s talent saying: “Since I’ve come in the big fella has been outstanding. He’s producing the type of performance they thought he was capable of when they first brought him to the club.

“He’s a confidence boy so we tell him every day that he’s great. He’s producing great performances.”

Evans made several approaches for goalkeepers during the emergency loan market, targeting Wolves’ Carl Ikeme, Rotherham United’s Lee Camp and West Bromwich Albion’s Anders Lindegaard among others, but he opted to keep faith with Silvestri after drawing a series of blanks.

The United boss is continuing to make the case for new signings next month, saying: “We’re a long way from where I want us to be and I’m going to need the support of the president (Massimo Cellino) to do that, and from the players in the dressing room.”