Stat hints QPR clash could give Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen answers he needs about Felix Wiedwald

Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald catches his own player Pontus Jansson whilst clearing a corner during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City...

Felix Wiedwald has recently returned to the Leeds United side after a few weeks on the sidelines.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

With Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen already changing his number one goalkeeper twice this season, Felix Wiedwald - the current occupant of the jersey - will know that it is vital that he makes the most of his opportunity, especially with the January transfer window just around the corner.

Wiedwald kept six clean sheets in his first seven Championship games for Leeds, but there was little praise coming the German's way during that time with the defence ensuring that the former Werder Bremen man had little to do during that run.

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...

It then appeared that the 27-year-old's Leeds career may be over before it really got going after a string of mistakes saw him dropped for fellow summer signing Andy Lonergan. His failure to command his box when crosses came in, in particular, appeared to highlight his vulnerability.

Lonergan however, failed to make the most of his chance, and Wiedwald returned to the side for the Yorkshire derby with Barnsley towards the end of last month. 

Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.

There appears to be fresh optimism that Wiedwald may have had the wake up call he needed. However, despite making a couple of decent saves in the win at Oakwell and the draw with Aston Villa, the jury still remains out as, once again, the stopper has had little to do. 

But perhaps one statistic just hints that Christiansen may get the answers about Wiedwald that he needs in the Whites' next game as they travel to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers.

  Total Crosses
Sheff Wed 485
QPR 480
Sheff Utd 468
Millwall 441
Barnsley 419

As the table shows, QPR have put in the second-highest number of crosses of any team in the Championship this term, having attempted to put the ball into the box on 480 occasions, meaning that they average 24 crosses a game. 

The team that have put in the most is Sheffield Wednesday, which was the side that Wiedwald made his last appearance against before being dropped after he endured a horrible afternoon at Hillsborough where the Owls looked as if they may score every time they put the ball into the box.

With QPR being the next most prolific side when it comes to putting in crosses, it is not out of the question to suggest that Wiedwald will be put under the microscope once again and will have an opportunity to prove that he has put his previous problems behind him. 

With Christiansen already changing his number one keeper on two occasions this season, he will undoubtedly be hoping that Wiedwald passes the test.

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