Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has explained his decision to start goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald in the 2-0 Championship win over Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Whites boss dropped Wiedwald after a string of poor performances, with former Wolves keeper Andy Lonergan taking over for the previous six games.
Wiedwald made a fine start to his Leeds career and kept his clean sheets in his first seven Championship matches, but he was dropped from the side after making a series of errors.
Leeds boss Christiansen says that the 27-year-old has learnt from his mistakes and will come back stronger.
“Well my thinking was that that was the game for him to come in,” he said, as quoted by Leeds Live.
“That was a decision that we have spoke about this week and we thought it was the moment.
“”He has performed well in the training, he had learnt from his mistakes and I thought he was ready for this.”
Wiedwald joined Leeds from Werder Bremen on a three-year-deal in the summer, after making 26 appearances for the Bundesliga side last season.
Christiansen then decided to resign Lonergan, who made 35 league appearances for the club between 2011 and 2012, on a two-year contract to rival the German.
Former England goalkeeper Robert Green was the Whites’ first-choice goalkeeper under Garry Monk last season, but his contract was mutually terminated in the summer after Wiedwald came in.
Wiedwald did not have much to do in the 2-0 win at Oakwell today, but made a good save late on.
It remains to be seen whether he did enough to start Leeds’ next game against Aston Villa on Friday night.