Last summer Leeds United decided they needed a new goalkeeper. In the end, they snapped up German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen in a deal reported to be worth around £500,000 by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
In fairness, at the time it looked like an absolute bargain. The German had been in impressive form at the Weserstadion the season previous. Popular with the fans at the club, his departure was not welcomed by the supporters at the Bundesliga club.
Wiedwald has not created a similar bond with the Leeds supporters. The German has put in a string of poor performances throughout the campaign. Eventually, he found himself dropped. First, it was Andy Lonergan who came in. When the veteran was not up to the task Wiedwald got another go. Again, he was poor, and academy ‘keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell took over with aplomb.
The 28-year-old is now expected to move on in the summer, with a return to Germany likely to be on the cards.
However, it is unlikely he will be returning to Werder Bremen.
To compound the misery for Wiedwald, not many fans at his former club are missing him. The club snapped up Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka from Slavia Prague to take his place last summer. He has since gone on to be a revelation in between the sticks for the club.
Fussball Transfers heralded him as the best goalkeeper signing in the Bundesliga last season and the Bundesliga official website has declared him the natural successor to Petr Cech for his country. The man dubbed the ‘gloved guardian angel’ by the German press has been a revelation. For many, he has been the best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga this season with his YouTube highlight reel a thing of beauty.
Wiedwald meanwhile has his own YouTube tribute from Leeds fans, which dubs him ‘the worst professional goalkeeper in the world.’
It has been whirlwind 12 months for Wiedwald, who has gone from fan favourite at his former club to forgotten man amongst his old and new fans.
The Leeds United flop needs the right move this summer in order to get his career back on track.