'It's always hard' - Wiedwald delivers verdict on competition for Leeds No 1 spot
By Abigail Withey
New Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald has said that he enjoys the competition with Rob Green for the number one spot at Elland Road.
The 27-year-old joined the Championship club from Werder Bremen at the beginning of the summer transfer window and has since been favoured as Thomas Christiansen’s first-choice keeper.
The German made his competitive debut for the Whites during the the club’s 3-2 victory over Bolton in their Championship opener, and has kept clean sheets during his past two appearances.
With Wiedwald at the top of the United boss’ pecking order, it has meant that fellow stopper Green has lost his regular position in the starting XI.
Green moved to Elland Road from QPR last summer and became the club’s number one stopper after he made 47 appearances across all competitions which helped the Whites reach seventh position in the table.
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Wiedwald has started in all three of United’s Championship matches this season, while the 37-year-old has either been on the bench or completely out of the squad through injury.
When asked about knocking his fellow keeper out of the squad, Leeds’ new recruit simply spoke about how he enjoyed the competition.
The German keeper said: “It’s always hard competition to be the no 1 but everybody needs the competition to improve themselves, I like the competition.”
“I had a good season last year,” Wiedwald explained ahead of his side’s clash against Sunderland, and was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I know what I can do and what I can achieve.”
Despite talking about the competition, the goalkeeper stated that both him and Green remained professional despite any differences around squad positions.
“Both keepers are professional and we have a professional relationship.”