Noel Whelan asked which goalkeeper Leeds should pick for Barnsley

Andy Lonergan of Leeds gives his team mates instructions during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Neither of Leeds United's first choice goalkeepers are staking a particularly impressive claim to be the Whites' number one at the moment.

Andy Lonergan of Leeds gives his team mates instructions during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that he does not believe that it particularly matters which goalkeeper Thomas Christiansen picks for Leeds' clash with Barnsley at the weekend as Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald are on the same sort of level when it comes to quality - and neither are as good as Rob Green.

Neither of Christiansen's first choice stoppers are really staking much of a claim to be considered Leeds' number one, with Wiedwald looking shaky early on in the campaign while Lonergan has also made a number of mistakes in recent weeks.

Leeds United's German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald looks to release the ball during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester City and Leeds United at King Power...

One of the mistakes from the latter came against Wolves on Wednesday night when he failed to catch a firmly-hit shot hit straight at him which ultimately led to the penalty - which Lonergan also gave away - as Wolves ran out 4-1 winners, leading many to call for Wiedwald to come back into the fold for the trip to Barnsley.

But Whelan has suggested that it probably does not matter too much whether Wiedwald or Lonergan gets the chance between the sticks - and insisted that the pair's unconvincing form makes the decision to sell Green in the summer all the more baffling. 

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

"I'm not so sure because I think they're probably pretty similar in terms of calibre of keeper that we've got," he told BBC Radio Leeds when asked if it was time to make a change between the sticks.

"We did have an England international that was allowed to leave who would have been our number one and would have been our goalkeeper the way he played last season - exceptional and he fitted in. Have we replaced him with better? No. That's the problem."

"The goalkeeper one is a really difficult one for me. I'm not so sure, I think they're both on a par when it comes to quality and are going to make mistakes because they don't have that same quality as Rob Green did," he went on to add.

In fairness to Wiedwald, while he did make some mistakes during his time in goal, he did keep six clean sheets during his stint between the sticks and the mistakes he made before he was dropped were perhaps not as notable as the ones that Lonergan has made over the last few games - though some may certainly disagree - so perhaps he does deserve another chance to replace the Englishman.

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