Heckingbottom will break fans' hearts v Wolves despite £500k star's shocker against Boro
Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom has no choice but to disappoint fans and start Felix Wiedwald in goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday despite his shocking display against Middlesbrough.
The German shot stopper, who is claimed by the Yorkshire Evening Post to have cost the club £500,000 from Werder Bremen in the summer, was woeful against the north east side on Friday night, looking unconvincing throughout and at fault for at least one of Patrick Bamford’s three goals as he put the Whites to the sword.
It is not the first time the 27-year-old has let down both his team mates and the supporters, but this appeared to be the final straw for many of the Elland Road faithful, as they took to Twitter to urge that young goalkeeping prospect Bailey Peacock-Farrell is given the chance to start against the league leaders in midweek.
With senior shot stopper Andy Lonergan injured, the 21-year-old has been promoted as Wiedwald’s understudy, but in reality he is no threat to the first team, despite the German’s poor form in recent weeks.
Peacock-Farrell has made just one first team appearance for the Whites, and although fans might say something different, there is still everything to play for between now and the end of the season, meaning it is not the time to experiment with an inexperienced shot stopper, especially not against a team topping the Championship table.
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With Lonergan out, Wiedwald will no doubt keep his place and add to his 30 appearances this season, breaking the hearts of supporters with what is the right, if not the desired, decision for Heckingbottom to make against Wolves.
In other Leeds United news, Football Insider has delivered the player ratings for Friday’s clash, including a pair of damning 3/10 marks.