Leeds fans have been reacting to the news that goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald will likely start against Wolves on Wednesday, and needless to say they aren’t best pleased.
Paul Heckingbottom suggested youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell might get a go in goal at his press conference on Monday, saying he “would not hesitate” to give the 21-year-old the nod.
However, it now appears as though Wiedwald will keep his place for the match against Wolves, with Andy Lonergan injured and the other choices deemed too inexperienced.
“It’s one of the most important positions in a team. Every successful team has a top goalkeeper.”
Of course, Leeds haven’t had a successful goalkeeper this season, failing to replace Rob Green after his move to Huddersfield last summer.
Wiedwald was at fault for at least one of the goals in the 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Friday night, and didn’t look particularly convincing at any point, failing to command his penalty area or instil any confidence in his defenders.
The German stopper was signed from Werder Bremen last summer, where he conceded 64 goals in 34 league games.
Despite the 27 year-old’s poor form, circumstances may force Heckingbottom to start Wiedwald, and Leeds fans have been sharing their feelings about the news on Twitter.
It’s absolutely ridiculous that we have not 1 but 2 well below average keepers and are talking about just throwing in BPF because we are that desperate. Whoever scouted FW wants a good hiding. 😐
— Diddlysquat (@markrikko) March 5, 2018
Can we put a shirt and short on a wheelie bin and draw a face on the lid ? Might be a little bit more successful.
— Gee Of OoO (@MrGumbOoO) March 5, 2018
We had a top keeper last year in Rob Green ex England and we decided to bring in another inferior replacement
— Gary Frielick (@GaryFLUFC) March 5, 2018
A nervous flappy GK makes the defence worry all game because they know he can't be relied on
— ZL (@SupremeJansson) March 6, 2018
Happy to lend our regular Wednesday night 5 a side keeper ‘Big Dave’, he has weight issues, but can be paid in pies and is able to catch… 👍🏼
— Chris Walker (@chrisw3103) March 6, 2018
I’ve watched all Leeds games this season. About half of them through @leedsunitedtv pay per view option for people outside England. I’m not buying access to more games if Wiedwald is starting.
— Anders (@BenBuford) March 6, 2018