Heckingbottom must not start Leeds fringe player as fans want 27-year-old axed v Derby County
Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald came under fire from a large portion of fans after the 2-2 draw against Bristol City on Sunday.
He made a huge mistake from a long throw-in that gifted Bristol City a goal and fans have been clamouring for youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell to be given a chance for the Championship game on Wednesday.
That would be a huge mistake.
Wiedwald hasn’t been the success that Leeds fans were hoping for since he joined from Werder Bremen in the summer for around £500k.
In fact he was dropped for veteran Andy Lonergan earlier in the season only to be reinstated after the 34-year-old proved that he couldn’t be trusted to be Leeds’ number one.
Since then he’s played every game and put in decent performances overall. Yes, he’s made mistakes, but what goalie in the Championship hasn’t?
Is he good enough for Leeds in the long run? That’s a different question and one for manager Paul Heckingbottom to address in the summer.
Leeds fans would certainly be happy if he signed a replacement for Wiedwald but the manager must resist calls to make a change before the run-in this season.
Peacock-Farrell has only made one senior appearance for Leeds and while there’s still a chance of making the play-offs he can’t be trusted between the sticks.
If it’s confirmed that Leeds will miss out on the play-offs then he could be drafted in to see if he could push for the number one next season.
But, for now, the Leeds fans need to get behind Wiedwald and help him inspire confidence in his backline.
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