So Leeds United’s head coach Thomas Christiansen likes to keep things close to the vest, huh?
A surprise with Wiedwald given Christiansen's comments on Thursday but on the basis of Hillsborough, the right decision I think. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 14, 2017
After Christiansen spent a good amount of time in his press conference defending the play of Felix Wiedwald, saying that he would be given the chance to play through his errors, Christiansen has made the decision to drop Wiedwald in today’s match against Reading FC.
While I think dropping Wiedwald against Reading is a bit of a mistake, as Reading struggles to score goals and could provide an opportunity for the German to regain some confidence, it’s completely understandable for Christiansen to drop his keeper.
Wiedwald has a horror show against Sheffield Wednesday, and if you’re going to hold players accountable for their mistakes, the best way of dealing with that is to drop them from the team next time out. Yeah, Andy Lonergan may not have the ability to distribute the ball the way that Wiedwald does, but Lonergan had a really good match against Burnley in the League Cup. And sometimes sending a message to the player and the rest of the team means that you give the player who had a bad game, and made plenty of mental mistakes that could have been avoided, the next match off.
Of course, with the German on the bench, rumours will start. Will the club be set to move on from Wiedwald? Expect to see some bogus links in the press in the next couple of days about goalkeepers being linked. If Lonergan gets another few starts, then expect the rumours to hit a fever pitch. Just remember a few things about how Victor Orta works: most of the rumours from the UK press are dodgy, Phil Hay usually has knowledge once a deal is pretty much confirmed, and look for players from outside the UK. We’ve discussed it before, but with the amount of money in the Premier League, the English football market is broken and the players cost too much.
So good luck Andy, here’s hoping for a clean sheet against Reading.