Felix Wiedwald may well have played his last game for Leeds, after losing his place to youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The 21-year-old was given the gloves after Wiedwald put in a string of disappointing performances, and was dropped for the game against Wolves.
Leeds lost that 3-0 but Peacock-Farrell did enough to retain his place for the game against Reading on Saturday.
And he was one of the best Leeds players on the pitch in that game.
If it wasn’t for the 21-year-old, Leeds would have been very lucky to come away with a point in the 2-2 draw.
And, talking after the Reading game, Heckingbottom confirmed that Peacock-Farrell is his new number one, saying, ‘The shirt is his”.
That’s a huge blow for Wiedwald, who joined Leeds in the summer from Werder Bremen for £450k, and it could spell the end of his career at Elland Road.
They’ve only got nine games left in the Championship and, with the play-offs out of reach, Heckingbottom is already re-building for next season.
Wiedwald has proved that he’s not good enough for a team aiming for automatic promotion and will be ditched in the summer.
The question for Heckingbottom now is whether Peacock-Farrell is. He’s had a great start to his Leeds reboot, and if he can keep it up between now and the end of the season he’ll have deserved his huge opportunity.
Of course there’s a possibility that he messes up and Wiedwald comes back in, but it would surely only be a temporary reprieve for the 27-year-old German.