Leeds United stat guru, Chris Taylor (@LUFCDATA), has looked at a comparison between Rob Green and this season’s goalkeepers at Elland Road, Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald.
Green was last season’s number one at Elland Road, with the former England goalkeeper impressing for the Whites, featuring in every Sky Bet Championship fixture, as Leeds finished seventh under Garry Monk.
However, Thomas Christiansen’s arrival as head-coach over the summer saw Wiedwald also arrive at Elland Road, with the German goalkeeper preferred to Green on the opening day of the Championship season.
Green has since moved to Huddersfield Town, which led to Lonergan’s arrival as Wiedwald’s deputy. Neither Wiedwald nor Lonergan have managed to hold down a regular place in the starting XI, with Leeds’ goalkeeping troubles becoming a hot topic around Elland Road.
@LUFCDATA has now looked at the distribution of Green, Wiedwald and Lonergan, with the trio’s stats throwing up some interesting comparisons.
Wiedwald has the best distribution with 69% success, although as @LUFCDATA points out, a lot of his passes were made short. Green is behind with 57%, whilst Lonergan’s stands at a worrying 40%, with Leeds reverting to long-ball tactics since the goalkeeper’s return to the starting XI.
Worth pointing out many factors inc. Leeds better in the air in 2016/17; FW asked to play it short; AL hitting it long to relieve pressure.
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) November 6, 2017
This is a really interesting comparison, as one of the reasons Wiedwald was preferred to Green was his standard of distribution.
Wiedwald is streets ahead of Green and Lonergan with his distribution, but now finds himself out of Leeds’ first-team, with Lonergan in the starting XI.
Lonergan’s stats are poor, and with Leeds struggling in the Championship, Christiansen’s decision not to stick with Green over the summer is looking a poor one.
Wiedwald and Lonergan both have strengths and weaknesses, with the former’s distribution his. However, Green is a more all rounded goalkeeper, and would have undoubtedly been the better option at Elland Road.
Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!