Leeds United have certainly had a rough time of it recently. A sudden and dramatic dip in form has seen them plummet down the Championship table. The club have had plenty of problem positions this season, but perhaps none more so than in goal.
Leeds United allowed number one Robert Green to join Huddersfield Town in the summer. That came after he was replaced as the first-choice stopper by German talent Felix Wiedwald. The Werder Bremen recruit was then backed up by former Leeds captain Andy Lonergan. The pair looked to be good moves, but both have flopped at Elland Road.
Now the club has resorted to playing youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell in goal, such is the lack of faith in the summer recruits.
Things have not turned out much better for Green, who has had to sit on the bench for the Terriers most of the season. But what about the other goalkeeper Leeds let go in the summer?
Marco Silvestri was one of the Massimo Cellino era signings at Leeds. The young Italian arrived from Chievo in 2014 and soon displaced Paddy Kenny at Elland Road.
His time at Leeds was certainly mixed. Nobody could deny that Silvestri had talent. When it came to shot-stopping the Italian had frightening reflexes and would occasionally make an incredible save.
But Silvestri was also error-prone. Poor off his line and not the best at handling the ball, Silvestri frustrated Leeds fans who wanted a more experienced and suited goalkeeper between the sticks. After two seasons as Leeds number one Garry Monk brought in Green and Silvestri became back-up in 2016-17.
This summer he left, joining Hellas Verona in Serie A where he hoped to play more regular first-team football.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old that has not been the case. For the second season in a row Silvestri has had to settle for being the back-up option. Verona have used Brazilian stopper Nicolas as their number one this season, as they battle relegation to Serie B.
Silvestri is still young, especially for a goalkeeper, and still has fond memories of Leeds. He even congratulated Peacock-Farrell on his recent first-team action:
Congratulation mate for you’r start @bailey_pf ?? Yu deserve it !!
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) March 8, 2018
Hopefully he can find his way back to playing regular football for next season. Because, despite his faults, Silvestri remains an immensely talented young stopper who, with the right coaching and club, could be a very good goalkeeper.