'I've noticed that I've become tired' - Leeds senior player makes surprise revelation
By Danny Wright
Leeds United goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald has surprisingly revealed that he was in need of a break from first-team action after becoming tired.
Wiedwald, 27, was snapped up by Thomas Christiansen in the summer transfer window from Werder Bremen to become his new No 1 choice goalkeeper and replace Rob Green.
After a stunning start to life at Elland Road which saw him keep six clean sheets in a row in the Championship, the German’s form began to slip and he was eventually axed to the bench by Christiansen to give Andy Lonergan a chance to impress.
Wiedwald has not featured in the last two matches and it appears that it may remain that way with Lonergan keeping a clean sheet on Saturday as the Whites returned to form with a 3-0 hammering of Bristol City.
Now, in an honest interview with German publication Deich Stube, the ex-Werder Bremen ‘keeper has admitted that he need a rest because he was feeling fatigued, despite it being just a couple of months into the season and him playing in goal.
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“The coach said that I had a lot of games in a short time before and I would need a break. I was not used to it. And it is true, you really have to get used to playing always on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In addition the journeys,” he said.
“We have finally a 24-team league with 46 games – plus two cup contests. I’ve noticed that I’ve become tired.
“As a goalkeeper it is not so easy to play so often, especially for the head. The break has done well, but it does not have to last forever.”
Senior player Wiedwald has made 12 appearances across all competitions for the Whites this term, conceding on average of a goal-per-game while also keeping six clean sheets.
His record at Werder Bremen wasn’t great before he joined the Whites and he is already closing in on his shut-out tally there as he only ever made nine for the German side in 65 matches.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has claimed that this Whites player is overweight.