Enough is enough: Heckingbottom must take action against Leeds star after post-match comments
Leeds fans have suffered enough.
Felix Wiedwald’s display at the Riverside on Friday is all the proof Paul Heckingbottom needs to finally take action.
And, and after his post-match comments, it seems that he might be ready to drop the stuttering keeper and bring in Andy Lonergan.
Wiedwald was to blame for Patrick Bamford’s second goal and didn’t look comfortable for the whole match.
Scratch that – he hasn’t looked comfortable for the past few months.
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The fans have seen it and Heckingbottom has talked about it, but it hasn’t driven him to act. Yet.
Last night he said that he would have to look at the goalkeeping situation, and although he was keen to stress that wasn’t the only problem, it’s the only one he specifically mentioned.
These post-match comments should give Leeds fans hope that he’s finally ready to drop the man who’s been dropping catches and points for his Leeds side.
But Heckingbottom needs to go further and admit it’s not working for Wiedwald at Leeds and put him up for sale in the summer.
It’s too late to go back and rake over the departure of Rob Green, but that transfer could have been the moment that Leeds’ promotion hopes fell apart this season.
Wiedwald’s back-up is 34-year-old veteran Lonergan, who has already taken Wiedwald’s place and been dropped as he wasn’t good enough.
That doesn’t instill much confidence in his ability to come in and do a job again.
The man Leeds fans seem to want to see is 21-year-old Bailey Peacock-Farrell but heckingbottom has made it clear that he’s currently the third choice.
We’d suggest that when the play-offs are mathematically out of reach, that Peacock-Farrell is given the chance to prove himself ahead of the summer transfer window.
Either way heckingbottom is going to have to dip back into the market and see if there’s a club who fancies taking Wiedwald on.