Felix Wiedwald suggests Leeds rival Andy Lonergan is very important for him

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Leeds United signed both Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan in the summer, with the former starting all of their Championship games this season.

Bremen's goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald thanks the supporters ahead of the German first division Bundesliga football match between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin on April 29, 2017 in Bremen,...

Felix Wiedwald has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that it is important for him to have someone like Andy Lonergan also in the Leeds ranks to keep pushing him.

Wiedwald has enjoyed a dream start to life at Elland Road. Since letting two goals in against Bolton on the opening day of the season, the 27-year-old has kept six clean sheets in a row to help the Whites put themselves top of the Championship.

Andy Lonergan  of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Wolverhampton,...

Though the midweek victory over Birmingham was the first time in a while that the German had been properly tested, the early signs suggest that he is yet another good signing for Thomas Christiansen's side.

Another new, yet familiar, face to arrive at Leeds during the summer was Lonergan, who signed from Wolves five years after leaving the Whites for Fulham, to provide Wiedwald with additional competition following Rob Green's departure.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

And Wiedwald insisted that it is only beneficial to have someone like the 33-year-old pushing him to maintain the standards he has begun the campaign with.

"Everybody has competition so I have competition too. He's a nice guy, he's an old guy so I can learn something off him and maybe he will learn something off me so it's very important to have this guy on the bench," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

As Wiedwald suggests, having someone of Lonergan's experience in the ranks - while Bailey Peacock-Farrell will also be looking to force his way up the pecking order - should only help him as it will not allow the former Werder Bremen stopper to become complacent.

And he can arguably not afford to become complacent as up until the Blues games, Wiedwald's defence had almost given him so little to do that he is yet to fully prove himself to his new side. 

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