£500k Victor Orta flop must continue Leeds exile v Fulham, summer sale looks inevitable
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom decided to completely axe Felix Wiedwald from his matchday squad for the 2-1 win against Bolton on Good Friday and the German shot-stopper’s exile must continue against Fulham on Tuesday night.
Wiedwald, 28, was bought for £500,000 from Werder Bremen last summer and is just one of a number of flops that director of football Victor Orta has welcomed to Elland Road.
The goalkeeper was clearly supposed to be the new No 1 between the sticks but as Leeds’ form took a nosedive, it became apparent that he was nowhere near the quality required to mount a serious bid for promotion, leading to first Thomas Christiansen axing him for a period of games before Heckingbottom did so again in early March.
Wiedwald had been on the bench for three games while Andy Longeran was injured with academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell named in the starting line-up
However as soon as Lonergan was back to fitness, Heckingbottom axed Wiedwald completely from the matchday squad.
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That must happen again against Fulham on Tuesday because it is now beginning to look inevitable that the ex-Werder Bremen goalkeeper will be sold off in the summer transfer window.
After a very poor year in England, it’s hard to see how he could move back to the Bundesliga as a No 1 goalkeeper so his agent is going to have to work very hard to get him a decent move.
Either way, Wiedwald has no future at Leeds and Orta has to admit he got this one completely wrong and sign up a goalkeeper who at least has some command of his area and can instill confidence in defenders.
In other Leeds United news, Heckingbottom’s shock revelation about this £4.5m Whites player proves why the club are nowhere near the play-offs.