The numbers behind Leeds United’s interest in Felix Wiedwald

Felix Wiedwald may not exactly be a household name in Yorkshire, but that could soon change according to recent reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Leeds United have reportedly made an approach for the 6 foot 3 goalkeeper, who is seemingly being pushed out of current club Werder Bremen after they agreed a deal to sign Jiri Pavlenka from Slavia Prague earlier this week.

There are already two senior goalkeepers on the books at Elland Road but Marco Silvestri’s contract is due to expire and the end of next season, suggesting he could move on this summer, and Rob Green, in spite of his regular heroics last term, will turn 38 in January.

Currently, however, Wiedwald is a relative unknown, one who may or may not prove a superior option to Green and Silvestri. So in a bid to familiarise the Leeds fan base with the 27-year-old, who Transfermarkt value at £1.7million, here’s a look at his form in the Bundesliga last season.

Despite Bremen more than holding their own to finish in eighth place, Wiedwald only managed five clean sheets, conceding almost exactly two goals per game and one goal every 1.5 saves. His distribution, as well, was a little disappointing at 60%.

Overall, those returns will concern some Leeds fans. But the quality of the Championship is less than that of the German top flight and whilst Bremen struggled defensively last season, Leeds conceded the fourth-fewest goals of any side in the second tier – suggesting Wiedwald would be much better protected behind the Whites backline.

Article title: The numbers behind Leeds United’s interest in Felix Wiedwald

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