Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has put his full support behind goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald ahead of Friday night’s Championship clash with Aston Villa at Elland Road.
The Whites boss heaped praise on the 27-year-old for his performance against Barnsley and said that his clean sheet in the 2-0 win has given the team confidence.
“It was important for him and for the team to keep a clean sheet after so many games receiving goals,” said Christiansen, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“It is important for the goalkeeper to keep the goal to zero, just as it is to the striker to score goals. It gives confidence to the team.
“This is important in these moments, especially in these positions.”
Wiedwald arrived at Elland Road in the summer from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on a three-year contract and made an impressive start to his Leeds career, keeping six clean sheets in his first seven Championship games.
However, some shaky performances saw Leeds concede nine goals in just four league games and the goalkeeper faced a lot of criticism from fans.
He lost his place in the side to the experienced Andy Longergan after the 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds continued to concede goals with Longergan between the sticks and Wiedwald was given his first start since October for the game against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on Saturday, where he kept his seventh clean sheet of the season in a comfortable win for the Whites.
Christiansen’s side go into tonight’s clash at Elland Road in eighth place in the Championship table, six points behind fourth-placed Villa.
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