Christiansen gives update on future of senior Leeds ace after being axed from team
By Danny Wright
Thomas Christiansen is looking for Rob Green to stay and fight for his place in the Leeds first-team after finding himself losing his No 1 spot to summer signing Felix Wiedwald.
The 37-year-old goalkeeping ace started every Championship fixture last season under the charge of Garry Monk, but has not featured in the opening two matches of the new campaign.
Green was axed to the bench for the opening win over Bolton, but was not in the squad that welcomed Port Vale to Elland Road in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night due to injury.
Christiansen has now been indirectly quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account on Friday as saying that senior player Green should “stay, fight and compete with Wiedwald” for the No 1 spot and that he “shouldn’t see himself as out of the picture”.
On Green, Christiansen said he wants him to stay, fight and compete with Wiedwald. Says Green shouldn't see himself as out of the picture.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 11, 2017
Leeds are gearing up for their first home league match of the new season when they take on Preston, who suffered a humiliating exit from the League Cup this week at the hands of Accrington Stanley.
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Summer signing Wiedwald, who moved from Werder Bremen this transfer window, is expected to keep his spot between the sticks against Alex Neil’s side.
Former England and West Ham goalkeeper Green made 47 appearances across all competitions for Leeds last season, keeping a respectable 15 clean sheets in the process while his side challenged for a play-off spot in the league.
In other Leeds news, the Whites have agreed terms with this 27-year-old midfielder.