It was only last night I was writing about the goalkeepers and tonight Paul Heckingbottom has made his biggest call since taking on the Leeds job. Felix Wiedwald has been dropped and Baily Peacock-Farrell will make only his second appearance in a Leeds shirt.
The team news come from Phil Hay almost 45 minutes before the full team news will be released and it’s fair to say it’s a shock. Wiedwald shouldn’t be starting but neither should the other keepers at the club, it’s a sign of the times that we take a huge gamble on a player who has struggled to make much progression in the pervious two years since making his debut for the club. In terms of bold decisions you probably won’t see another like this between now and the end of the season and Heckingbottom will hope that Peacock-Farrell can prove him right on the night.
The game against Wolves is probably the start of an experiment for Heckingbottom with the top six nine points away and the form of those sides very good. Felix Wiedwald hasn’t been playing well for some time but the departure of Rob Green has meant that Andy Lonergan is the back-up and it’s fair to say that hasn’t worked out very well either. The next in line is Peacock-Farrell so it’s now a case of getting behind the lad and making sure he has the confidence to produce a performance. Huge, huge call by the head-coach.