Stefan Marinovic has joined Bristol City as an emergency goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash against Leeds United at Ashton Gate – and Leeds fans reacted in a confident manner.
Current Robins goalkeepers Niki Mäenpää and Frank Fielding are currently injured, leaving the Robins with little options between the sticks. Marinovic has been brought in to replace the crocked duo.
Marinovic, 27, has 23 caps with New Zealand. He was last seen playing for Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS, where he managed just 36 appearances in 18 months. He conceded a huge 60 goals in that time.
He will now go head to head with youngster Max O’Leary for a place between the sticks, after signing a contract at Ashton Gate until the end of the season.
City’s goalkeeper crisis has come at the worst possible time. They currently sit in sixth position, but remain there by a thread with Derby County on level points in seventh.
With 11 games to play, the promotion race is beginning to hot up. Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter to the news that the Robins have signed a new goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s clash, which is just important for Leeds.
The Whites sit in second place in the Championship table, two points ahead of Sheffield United. Leeds fans are confident after looking into Marinovic’s stats, comparing him to Leeds flop Felix Wiedwald.
got a bit of a wiedwald vibe about him with those stats and clubs
— Charles Foster (@Charles_Foster5) March 7, 2019
Brillant. Tactics; Shoot.
— JWC💙💛 (@TheJackyCalv) March 7, 2019
Whoscored have Marinovic’s rating for the 2018 MLS season at 6.46.
For comparison, Felix Wiedwald had a 6.50 rating for Leeds for the 2017/18 season.
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) March 7, 2019
PLAN A ….attack and shoot from kick off !! Repeat WBA will be ideal …Go Pablo !! MOT
— Mark Eddison (@mkeddie1502) March 8, 2019
He’s not great…poor for Van Whitecaps when I’ve seen him
— rossomonza (@petermckinley3) March 8, 2019
Great shooting practice this Saturday, Popey #LUFC
— Andy H 💛💙 81/92 🇦🇷 (@LiloMan_LUFC) March 7, 2019
Hope he is error prone .. Leeds fan
— Dave kemp (@kempdavid1975) March 7, 2019