Leeds United: Silvestri back in the fold, says Monk

Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri
Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri
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Leeds United head coach Garry Monk described Marco Silvestri as “back in the fold” after the out-of-favour goalkeeper made his first pre-season appearance in the win at Guiseley.

Silvestri completed 45 minutes and conceded three goals in an eventful 4-3 win at Nethermoor but Monk said an improvement in the Italian’s performance in training had put him back in contention at Elland Road.

Monk, who sent Silvestri home from Leeds’ pre-season tour of Ireland to work with the club’s Under-21s, hinted at concerns with the keeper’s attitude but said Silvestri had produced a “good reaction” since returning to England.

The 26-year-old missed United’s first two senior friendlies and had not featured in any of their development-squad fixtures.

Silvestri’s standing as first-choice has been threatened by the arrival of ex-England international Rob Green, added to a pool of keepers which already included Ross Turnbull and highly-rated teenager Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds are open to offers for Silvestri and are ready to move him on this summer, two years after signing him from Chievo.

But Monk refused to confirm that the keeper’s time at Elland Road was up, saying: “Everyone’s fighting for their place, let’s make no mistake about that.

“I came here with a blank, open mind and a blank canvas to work with. Part of that is every player has an opportunity.

“There were certain things with Marco that I spoke to him about, that I thought he could improve on and I wanted to see. Especially at the start I didn’t quite see them but I’ve had a good reaction from Marco and he’s put himself back in the fold. That’s what it’s about.

“It’s about proving a point and you have to do that every single day, not just when you feel like it.”