Leeds goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald has once again received backing from head coach Thomas Christiansen ahead of the visit of Norwich City on Saturday.
The German stopper signed from Werder Bremen in the summer and has been the first-choice keeper for the majority of his first season in England.
— #WALMOT (@WALM0T33) December 9, 2017
However, during his sixteen appearances for the club the 27-year-old has made a catalogue of costly errors, with the most recent one coming in last week’s 3-1 win against QPR.
But in light of these mistakes, Wiedwald still has the full belief of his manager:
More backing for Wiedwald from TC. Called him “one of the best goalkeepers in the league” and said he’s happy with his choice of keepers. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 15, 2017
This is not the first time Christiansen has had to come to the defence of his keeper, with the Whites head coach reiterating the trust he has in him prior to the Reading match in October following a few questionable goals that he had conceded against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite Wiedwald being backed prior to the Reading game, he was dropped in place of Andy Lonergan.
Whether this will happen again on Saturday remains to be seen (although it looks unlikely), but it is nevertheless good to see that Christiansen is supporting his players during tricky spells.
Leeds United’s head coach confirmed today that Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Stuart Dallas and Caleb Ekuban would all be absent this weekend.
Lasogga only returned to full-training this week, a persistent ankle injury also saw Dallas miss training, whilst Ekuban’s early withdrawal against QPR due to a foot injury means he will miss at least two weeks action.
Good news for the Elland Road faithful is the return of Spanish playmaker Pablo Hernandez who will be involved in the eighteen after missing last week’s win due a knock picked up against Aston Villa.
IN THE PAST…
In recent years this encounter has seen goals galore, with the last meeting between the sides coming at the end of last season when an incredible fightback from the Whites ended in a 3-3 stalemate.
The reverse fixture at Carrow Road saw Leeds come from behind again – but this time to win – after a fantastic strike from Ronaldo Vieira for his first professional goal secured the win in a five-goal thriller.
Comforting news ahead of Saturday’s meeting is that the Yorkshiremen have only lost once against Norwich in the last ten years at Elland Road.
Garry Monk’s tenure at the club last year saw him face the Canaries three times as head coach of Leeds, with 15 goals scored.
The Whites faithful will be hoping the current crop of players will be scoring more goals at the right end of the pitch again, as head coach Thomas Christiansen looks to secure back-to-back win’s for the first time since September.