Heckingbottom delivers verdict on under-fire Leeds first teamer, says how he silence doubters
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has urged goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald to keep trying his best after coming under fire for his performances at Elland Road this season.
Wiedwald, 27, was signed by Thomas Christiansen in the summer to replace Rob Green as the number one choice shot-stopper.
The German began life at Leeds well, keeping six clean sheets in his first seven Championship appearances.
However after a huge dip in the overall form of the squad, the ex-Werder Bremen player was on the recieving end of a lot of criticism for the amount of goal-bound errors he has made.
He was briefly axed and replaced by Andy Lonergan, but the former Wolves goalkeeper failed to offer any improvement.
Leeds fans have since been suggesting that Wiedwald should be dropped again after a shoddy performance in the 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Sunday which attracted criticism from ex-Elland Road star Paul Robinson.
However Heckingbottom has remained defiant about Wiedwald, and has called on him to silence those who doubt him by focusing on his game and improving his performances.
“Keep driving forward and trying your best & people will soon say nice things about you,” said Heckingbottom, as quoted by BBC journalist Adam Pope on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.
PH on Wiedwald criticism: “Keep driving forward and trying your best & people will soon say nice things about you.” #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) February 20, 2018
Wiedwald has made 27 appearances in all competitions for the first team this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
He has shut out the opponent just twice in his last nine Championship appearances.
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