Leeds United start a relief for Felix Wiedwald after Bundesliga struggles

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Felix Wiedwald looks a far more solid goalkeeper between the sticks at Leeds United than he did at Werder Bremen.

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,...

The fact that Felix Wiedwald has kept six consecutive clean sheets in Leeds United colours has been somewhat tempered by the fact you can count the amount of saves he has been forced to make on two hands.

Wiedwald’s superb record between the sticks at his new club is arguably more of a credit to the defenders who have performed so reliably in front of him since conceding twice in the first-half of the opening day game against Bolton Wanderers.

Nethertheless, the German goalkeeper will no doubt be far more content with Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson and co offering sturdy protection after spending the majority of the 2016/17 season picking the ball out of the back of his net.

Felix Wiedwald of SV Werder Bremen during the Betway Cup match between West Ham Utd and SV Werder Bremen at Boleyn Ground on August 2, 2015 in London, England.

The statistics were certainly cause for concern. When Leeds paid £500,000 to sign Wiedwald from Werder Bremen, as reported by The Sun, they were bringing in a ‘keeper who had conceded 49 goals in just 25 games, not to mention 13 in his last three.

Statistics don't tell the whole story

However, while cynics were lining up to question why The Whites needed to sign the 27-year-old when they had the very capable Rob Green between the sticks, lambasting Wiedwald for conceding so frequently at Bremen is equivalent to praising him alone for keeping so many clean sheets in the Championship.

Avid Bundesliga fans will tell you that Bremen have endured one of the most porous, error-strewn defences across Europe’s top leagues over the last few seasons. That they finished eighth last season and conceded the most goals in the entire division tells you that their playing style wasn't exactly pragmatic.

Felix Wiedwald, goalkeeper of Bremen saves the ball during the penalty shoot-out after the pre-season final match between SV Werder Bremen and Valencia CF as part of the Audi Quattro Cup...

Even the great Manuel Neuer would have been hard pushed to keep a clean sheet in front of a backline that gives away chances like a doting parent on a child’s first Christmas. Most of the time, Wiedwald was left totally helpless, forced to be a one-man barricade against a rally of opposition attacks.

Therefore, you’d imagine that he is finding life in West Yorkshire a little more easy-going at the moment.

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