By Russell Edge
Leeds United fans have taken to social media to react to the news that Thomas Christiansen has dropped goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from the starting XI against Reading on Saturday.
The Whites confirmed their line up on the club’s official Twitter account, confirming that the German shot stopper was axed in favour of the experienced Andy Lonergan.
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— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 14, 2017
The news would have come as a shock to many fans, with Christiansen having backed the under-fire goalkeeper in his pre-match press conference earlier in the week.
However the majority were supportive of the Danish manager’s decision on Twitter, with Wiedwald having endured a difficult time in the club’s 3-0 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in their last outing.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Pleased with this. wiedwald was shambolic last time out and he needs the rest.
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) October 14, 2017
Interesting TC has dropped Wiedwald. Right call. Lonergan a good championship keeper.
— Anthony Lewis (@tonylewis92) October 14, 2017
Took a while but Lonergan is finally starting. Wieldwald needed dropping. Might give him a wake up call.
— 𝕃𝕚𝕒𝕞 (@mrliamstorey) October 14, 2017
— Scott Reyner (@ScottReyner91) October 14, 2017
Wow, so he hasn't kept faith in Wiedwald.. must admit, I wasn't expecting that, but glad to see the change.
— Leanne Judge 💙⚽️💛 (@LeanneJudgeUK) October 14, 2017
Good decision on Felix. Takes off the pressure and hands lonergan a chance to show his experience. Felix will be back shortly I imagine
— Luciano 💙💛 (@LUFCLDP1989) October 14, 2017
Lonergan in for FW. Well done TC. #lufc
— Rob Prince (@OnTheRob) October 14, 2017
Wiedwald, a summer signing from German side Werder Bremen, quickly established himself as the number one choice between the sticks at Elland Road, and had started every one of the club’s 11 league matches this season.
He impressed in the club’s opening fixtures, keeping six straight clean sheets as the Whites shot to the top of the Championship table.
However both his and the rest of the side’s form has dropped in recent weeks, and following two successive defeats to Cardiff City and Wednesday, Christiansen’s side sat fifth before the weekend’s fixtures, four points behind the Bluebirds who top the table.
Lonergan, who was also a summer signing having arrived from Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, has just one Leeds appearance to his name, playing the full match as they beat Burnley on penalties in the League Cup.
In other Leeds United news, this goalkeeper has left the club on a temporary basis.