Not good enough - Paul Robinson urges Leeds to get rid of mainstay in the summer
By Richard Parks
Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has urged the club to get rid of Felix Wiedwald in the summer and replace him with a better number one.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ football channel on Sunday, the former England keeper was highly critical of Wiedwald after his performance in the team’s 2-2 Championship draw against Bristol City.
The German, who signed from Werder Bremen last summer, was caught horribly out of position for the first first City goal, missing a punch and leaving Famara Diedhiou to knock the ball into his net.
Robinson, who spent six years at Leeds at the start of his career, has watched Wiedwald, 27, make a number of high profile errors this season and believes he is not up to the mark.
“I think they need another goalkeeper, to be brutally honest,” Robinson told Sky Sports in the immediate aftermath of the televised fixture. “I’ve seen him a couple of times this season and he hasn’t filled me with confidence.
“It spreads through the team when your goalkeeper makes errors like that. Your defenders are wondering what you’re going to do next.
“He went out of the team for seven games, Andy Lonergan came in. He’s been put back in the team, made an awful error at QPR a few weeks ago. He’s done the same again today.
“He didn’t look confident and doesn’t look the whole package. He played Under-21s for Germany, he’s 27 now and should be more developed as a goalkeeper. That’s an area Leeds are going to have to look to strengthen.”
Robinson retired from playing last summer after an impressive career in which he had lengthy spells at Leeds, Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers, and accumulated 41 England caps.
Football Insider verdict:
As a top-performing former keeper who knows his onions, Robinson’s verdict on the Leeds number one is as compelling as it is crushing. The ex-shot stopper is not a man given to hyperbole and he knows as well as anyone how damaging it is to a defence if the man in goal can’t be trusted. The harsh truth is that Wiedwald, for all his decent footwork and distribution, is miles off the level of a proficient Championship keeper. Leeds must get rid and source a better one this summer after messing up badly last summer.
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