Leeds United fans will want to forget the days of former German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald now they have a Champions League winner between the sticks.
There’s still some conjecture waged over the intentions of Thomas Christiansen when he signed the German stopper; was it sabotage, was it nativity or was it because the scouting team genuinely thought a below average Bundesliga performer could hoist Leeds United into the Premier League? We’ll never know – but one is for sure, he was abysmal.
Arriving from Werder Bremen for an “undisclosed fee” in 2017, the 27-year-old kicked off his career at Elland Road in relatively good style. Indeed, minus a couple of questionable moments against Bolton Wanderers, Leeds fans may have even believed they had a decent player on their hands. Good saves came aplenty, ballplaying seemed natural, and Leeds were benefitting from his presence.
But this soon came crashing down, against none other than Millwall, the league’s most despised club. The un-blooded Championship keeper had scantly faced a physical battle like it having emerged from the comparatively ‘soft’ Bundesliga, and he changed that day for the worse. A nightmare performance against Sheffield Wednesday was shortly followed by a brief spell on the sidelines, but with stand-in keeper Lonergan equally as poor – yes, Leeds were that unlucky – Wiedwald found himself back in the squad by default.
The German enjoyed his brief honeymoon period back in the squad before collapsing again. His talents, or lack of, consisting of truly horrible handling, poor command of the box, dismal shot stopping and all-round awful play.
It says it all that Bailey Peacock-Farrell, fresh from his stint in the national league, replaced him with such ease to become the starting keeper. Just a year after signing Felix poppadum wrists Wiedwald was moved onto the Eintracht Frankfurt (via Yorkshire Evening Post).
Unsurprisingly the top tier of German football was no kinder to him and he has since found himself dropping into the second division where he now battles against relegation with MSV Duisburg probably as the main perpetrator of their demise.