Christiansen: This is what critics are forgetting about under-fire Leeds star

By Russell Edge

Thomas Christiansen has defended Leeds United’s under-fire goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald ahead of the club’s clash with Reading on Saturday.

The German goalkeeper, a summer arrival from Werder Bremen, endured a difficult time in the Whites’ last outing, a 3-0 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The 27-year-old failed to show his authority between the posts, as Gary Hooper scored a first half double before Kieran Lee rifled home a 30-yard strike to seal the deal.

He was widely criticised by fans on social media following the loss to the Owls, but he has received the backing of his manager ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Royals at Elland Road, reminding his critics of his previous good form.

Speaking to the media, Christiansen was quoted by the Daily Express as saying: “Everyone has to settle in. I’m still settling in! Felix is not the only one.

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“We must remember his six clean sheets.”

As pointed about by Christiansen, Wiedwald enjoyed a bright start to his career at the club, keeping six straight clean sheets between August and September as Leeds shot to the top of the Championship.

He has kept fellow shot stopper Andy Lonergan out of the side, having started all of the club’s league matches so far, as well as one appearance in the League Cup.

The Whites currently sit fifth, having suffered two successive defeats to Cardiff and the Owls, with the Bluebirds sitting four points ahead of Christiansen’s side at the top of the table.

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