Leeds fringe player set for extended run in team as Christiansen makes mind up - report
By Russell Edge
Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is expected to have an extended run in the side after Thomas Christiansen has said his verdict on the future of Felix Wiedwald, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim on their website that Wiedwald is set to remain on the bench for an extended run after his recent poor form, with Christiansen’s own comments appearing to support their suggestion.
The Danish manager chose to start former Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper Lonergan, who arrived at Elland Road over the summer, in place of the German, who was also a summer acquisition from Werder Bremen.
Wiedwald had been a star man between the sticks for the Whites in the opening matches of the season, keeping six successive clean sheets as Leeds climbed to the top of the Championship table.
However he was part of the side which lost to both Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday, looking particularly uncertain at the back against the Owls.
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As a result, Christiansen brought in the experienced Lonergan against Reading, but despite the swap Leeds fell to their third successive defeat, losing 1-0 against the Royals.
Despite the loss, Christiansen insists Lonergan will feature again for the upcoming matches, with Wiedwald set to remain on the bench.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He (Wiedwald) is professional and he’s been playing from the beginning.
“Now it’s his turn to be on the bench and wait for his opportunity again, like all the players.
“I have been thinking about this for a while. I believed that with playing at home there were things Andy could give the team.
“I thought he had a good game.”
Wiedwald had started every one of the club’s opening 10 games in the Championship this campaign, with Lonergan limited to just one League Cup game prior to Saturday’s clash.
However it appears that he will be starting between the sticks when Leeds travel to Bristol City next weekend as they look to reignite their promotion hopes.
In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has revealed what he demands of his star players.