It’s easy to forget one of the real reasons behind Leeds United’s success. The free signing of Rob Green was seen as a much needed addition to the young squad that Garry Monk had at his disposal. Over six months on and people couldn’t have been more right.
Green has impacted on Leeds’ season in the same manner that Chris Wood has scored goals and with other high performers who sit right in front of him in Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley, Green is one of the last to receive praise despite being a major reason that Leeds have kept so many clean sheets this season.
Outstanding form & deserves his extension. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/b90OTMfrky
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) March 19, 2017
Since the turn of the year Green seems to have made more than one important save in every game. Yes, the Newcastle game was a disaster for the former QPR goalkeeper but he has soon made up for it by improving the stability between the sticks compared to recent years.
The games against Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham and Brighton are prime examples. Leeds could have easily dropped more points if Green hadn’t pulled off some remarkable saves. The game at Villa Park was remembered for the mistake made by Liam Cooper that gifted a penalty for Villa but the home side could have taken all three points if Green hadn’t pulled off the amazing one on one save he made from Jonathan Kodja’s effort in the dying moments of the game.
It could turn out to be a crucial point come the end of the season, you just never know.
At the age of 37 years old, some may have thought that Green was at Leeds for his last pay check but you couldn’t be more wrong. You can easily tell that Green is here for his final shot at the big time and constantly reminds reporters that he just wants to be part of something special.
You could tell at the end of Brighton game that it’s more than just money that’s keeping Green going. As the final whistle went the former England goalkeeper turned to the Kop and gave a big “COME ON”with fists in the air it was almost as if he could sense that it’s this great club’s moment.
It was soon confirmed by the club that Green had signed a new contract extension at the club having triggered a clause in his contract. For me it’s well deserved and I hope Green will remain as number one next season. He certainly deserves it!
It’s relatively easy to forget a goalkeepers triumphs, especially when someone like Wood is scoring freely but for the number of goals that Wood scores, Green is there to back them up by making crucial saves.