The Leeds United stopper had a hit-and-miss debut but his position seems secure for now.
When Leeds United signed Felix Wiedwald earlier this summer, plenty of Whites fans raised their eyebrows at a move they deemed unnecessary.
After all, Rob Green got over a shaky start to excel at Elland Road last season and he had only recently put pen to paper on a one-year extension. But when the latest Championship campaign kicked off, Green was on the bench and Wiedwald was between the posts for Sunday’s clash with Bolton Wanderers.
Things did not go quite according to plan for the German, with Wiedwald caught out for the first of the hosts’ two goals, while he looked uncomfortable every time a ball came into the box.
In short, commanding his area is the one thing the new Leeds stopper needs to work in more than most.
That said, those Leeds fans hoping for a quick change of personnel may be left disappointed, with Wiedwald’s distribution arguably the biggest reason for his place as first-choice stopper…at least for now.
Anyone who saw Leeds on Sunday will have been impressed by the regularity and incisiveness of their attacking play, and their new ‘keeper set things in motion time and again.
While the 27-year-old has work to do when it comes to claiming crosses and knowing when to come off his line and when to stay put, his ability with the ball at his feet and from his hands is impressive.
He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Leeds’ new stopper looks vital for their style of play and their shape under new manager Thomas Christiansen.