Leeds United’s current manager, Paul Heckingbottom has reportedly taken premeditated steps to replace Felix Wiedwald as the club’s number 1 goalkeeper for the following season. With 9 games left in the regular season and hopes of earning promotion nested far from the realms of possibility, the 27-year-old is expected to see out the remainder of the season with Andy Lonergan as a backup.
Lonergan, who joined the Whites in January was also asked to find a different club on Heckingbottom’s arrival and is currently unavailable for selection while the youngster, Bailey Peacock-Farrell still needs to undergo further development.
Quite a few Leeds fans will agree on Wiedwald’s case for dismissal after witnessing him drop the ball on multiple occasions this season. He turned in another poor performance at Middlesbrough on last week as Leeds went down 3-0 at the Riverside to virtually end their slim playoff hopes.
This came after the German was guilty of a number of high-profile errors of late, such as his drop from a cross which allowed Bristol City to open the scoring at Elland Road in last month’s 2-2 draw.
After a season of 12 clean sheets under his name, one would think that to be a decent tally for a 13th spot team but the Leeds faithful do not think so. The shot-stopper’s confidence is shot out and it would be wise for Heckingbottom to start making moves towards a quality replacement.
Here are a few candidates the United boss should consider.