Leeds veteran must follow £500k signing out in Elland Road cull as summer exit reported
When it comes to deciding Leeds United’s in-club honours at the end of the current campaign, there will be few candidates in the running for signing of the season.
The Whites may well have seen a whole host of new faces through the door at Elland Road but it appears as though ‘quantity over quality’ was the tactic from Victor Orta and the rest of the transfer team, and they failed to learn their lessons over January with only Adam Forshaw deserving of mention.
As for biggest flop of the two transfer windows, there are plenty of names to pick out of the hat, from the lumbering Jay-Roy Grot to flapping shot stopper Felix Wiedwald, and there may well be many conversations between Leeds fans trying to make that decision when the season comes to an end.
However, for now Paul Heckingbottom needs to be planning who stays and who goes, and it seems as though there will be some players who will see their short stays at Elland Road cut short.
One man who seems bound for the exit is Wiedwald, with the Yorkshire Evening Post claiming that the Whites are ready to cash in less than a year after signing the goalkeeper for £500,000 from Werder Bremen.
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It should come as no surprise considering his form and having failed to make the grade in the Championship, his departure seems best for all parties.
However, fellow summer signing Andy Lonergan, who has a contract until the end of next season, must be following his counterpart out the exit door in a complete cull of the goalkeeping options, the veteran having fallen under Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the pecking order.
The pair are evidently not good enough and have no futures with Leeds, and they should be shipped out to make space for a new senior shot stopper to battle it out with BPF for the number one shirt, with Kamil Miazek acting as the number three choice.
Heckingbottom must be brutal in his decisions, for the Whites cannot afford another season carrying deadwood along, and that is all Wiedwald and Lonergan are right now.
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