It’s a one in, one out situation for the goalkeepers at Leeds this evening. Veteran Rob Green has joined Huddersfield Town after Leeds agreed to terminate his contract, and he has been replaced by another veteran Andy Lonergan, ex-Leeds keeper.
Green was clearly second choice under Thomas Christiansen and his only appearance of the season ended with mixed results. An error for the Newport County goal but also a lovely save just before it. Felix Wiedwald has come into the squad and hasn’t put a foot wrong, helped by a defence that is excelling in front of him. The facts are there for all to see. No goals conceded in four league games, Wiedwald not the only reason, but you can’t say he hasn’t been important. Green will be going to Huddersfield to be the number 2 which does make the move slightly strange, as Leeds don’t really benefit at all from the deal.
We don’t know what wages Rob Green was on at the club but maybe the club fell Lonergan at a reduced wage is better value for a player who will sit on the bench unless there is injury or suspension to Felix Wiedwald. It is a risk though and it’s fair to say that Lonergan isn’t at the standard that Rob Green is, the keeper was released by Wolves and is another coming to the end of his career. He has spent time at Elland Road before and knows what the club is all about. He will probably play the cup games and will sit on the bench ahead of Baily Peacock-Farrell, who has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad today.