According to reports in Germany Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald is set to have his contract ended so he is free to move back to Germany. German outlet Bild ran the story today, and it will bring to an end a nightmare 12 months for the keeper.
Wiedwald arrived at Leeds in place of Rob Green although it wasn’t played out that way by the club. In fact Wiedwald arrived as a direct competitor for the Leeds favourite but Thomas Christiansen made it clear early in pre-season that Wiedwald was his number one and Green was free to move on. To the horror of most Leeds fans Green was allowed to leave on a free transfer, up a division and to newly promoted Huddersfield.
The German keeper had a good start to life at Leeds and was an important part of the side that rose to the top of the table early in the season. He seemed to be giving the defenders in front of him the confidence to flourish but that was a false dawn at the back. He began to flap at things and confidence soon drained from the back line and from Wiedwald himself, leading to him being dropped by Christiansen.
After his replacement Andy Lonergan had a very poor spell between the sticks he found himself back between the sticks but the criticism was relentless and mistakes weren’t far away after good games. He eventually lost his place again, Baily Peacock-Farrell this time wouldn’t mess the chance up and he became the Leeds number one very quickly. Bielsa will want to sort things out as quickly as possible and this was inevitable.
There won’t be too many Leeds fans worried to see the back of him, the fact the club won’t receive a fee according to these reports won’t be an issue, getting him off the books to free up wages is most important.