Leeds have today announced the signing of 27-year-old German goalkeeper Felix Wieldwald from Werder Bremen on a three-year-deal. He arrives as the third first-team summer signing after Hadi Sacko and Mateusz Kilcih for a fee of £500k.
The deal comes after a few days of talks between the player and club. Wiedwald was apparently not happy that Bremen had brought in anew goalkeeper at Bremen and the club didn’t want to stand in his way after Leeds had shown interest. Many Bremen fans are sad to see him leave the Bundesliga club ahead of his move to Leeds. With Rob Green, Baily Peacock-Farrell and Marco Silvestri all out of contract next summer it seems like the new man will be the long-term option. It would also seem that Wieldwald would expect to be the number one given the move and why he left Bremen.
Rob Green had a fantastic season at the club last year and certainly deserves the number one shirt but the new boss may look to the future and it would surprise me to see him start come Bolton away in August. There is more competition in the goalkeeping position now than ever and it will be interesting to see who wins the battle. We also have a new goalkeeping coach and he will be assessing the pair as the summer goes on. Marco Silvestri is expected to leave the club after this deal.