Victor Orta has been praised of late for his work in the transfer window. But the Leeds director of football certainly failed, with the signing of Felix Wiedwald.
The German stopper, 28, joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 to replace Rob Green. His stats look pretty good – 12 clean sheets and only 37 goals conceded in 30 appearances.
But analysing it in more depth, he was tragic. Replaced by Andy Lonergan early in the 2017-18 season, he then lost his place to Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
It saw Wiedwald leave the club last summer. His agent produced a near miracle, luring him to Eintracht Frankfurt – a mid-table Bundesliga side.
But acting as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper, he failed to make a single appearance during the first half of the season and has since been loaned to second-tier outfit MSV Duisburg.
He posted on Instagram after finally making his first senior appearance in professional football since a 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough on March 2. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Duisburg lost 2-1 to VFL Bochum.
His post is translated as: “Nice to be back on the pitch. Too bad we could not take any points.”