Wait, is Felix Wiedwald actually pretty good?
Felix Wiedwald has now kept TEN league clean sheets in 19 @SkybetChamp appearances for Leeds. He has the highest clean sheet per game ratio (0.53) of any goalkeeper in the division (+2 clean sheets). #LUFC pic.twitter.com/sTjzR81kim— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) January 1, 2018
Wiedwald had a lot of doubters when he came to the club in the summer, as most people (including me) thought it was a mistake to move on from Rob Green. However, Wiedwald was pretty solid for the first six weeks or so of the season, leading most of us to feel pretty comfortable with him.
The match against Sheffield Wednesday shattered whatever confidence fans had in him, however, and he was soon dropped for Andy Lonergan. While it seemed a bit harsh at the time, it was understandable.
And then Lonergan had the match against Brentford.
And now Wiedwald is back between the sticks for Leeds, and was pretty brilliant in December, keeping clean sheets against Hull City and Norwich City and starting off with a comfortable clean sheet against Forest yesterday.
The team’s defence has looked much more composed with Wiedwald at the back, and while he still makes my blood pressure go up when crosses come into the box, he’s been solid enough lately on those as well.
So maybe, if we need to get some reinforcements in January, maybe goalkeeper should be crossed off the list, something I would have disagreed with as recently as a few weeks ago.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
KC takes a look at four different Leeds United starlets and where they are now. [Through It All Together]
Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]
England and English Football Links
Sheffield Wednesday lost at home to Burton Albion 0 -3, leaving the Owls 16th in the table and six points above the relegation spots. [BBC.com]
That still wasn’t the worst news for Wednesday fans, as the club appointed former Charlton Athletic CEO Katrien Meire as CEO of the club. Given the anger that Charlton fans had for her, this does not look to be a wise appointment. [Sky Sports.com]
World Football Links
Some bold predictions for Mexican football in 2018. [FMF State of Mind]
Five storylines to keep in mind for the 2018 Clausura in Liga MX. [ESPN.com]
New players to look for as the latest season in Liga MX starts up in January. [ESPN.com]