Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom makes no assurances over Felix Wiedwald

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Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom refused to be drawn on whether goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald will remain his current number one at Elland Road.

The Whites faithful made their feelings known towards the former German under-20 international after a costly error in judgement led to Bristol City’s opening goal during the 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Criticism followed from former Leeds keeper Paul Robinson who pulled no punches in his assessment of the 27-year-old.

“I think they [Leeds] need another goalkeeper to be brutally honest,” Robinson told Sky Sports.

“I’ve seen him a couple of times this season and he hasn’t filled me with confidence and it spreads through the team.

“He doesn’t look the whole package. He’s 27 now and he should be more developed as a goalkeeper.

You have to accept that as part of the game, keep driving forward, keep producing your best and then people will start saying nice things about you.

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“I think it’s an area in future Leeds are going to have to strengthen.”

Heckingbottom, who was quizzed on Robinson’s comments ahead of the trip to Derby County on Wednesday, says he simply hasn’t had enough time to assess Weidwald’s capabilities.

“I’ve not had the time [to judge],” revealed Heckingbottom.

“People can think they have the game for the Championship whether it’s the goalkeeper, left-back or a centre-forward but you can soon be found out, six months later you can be yesterday’s news.

“You have to accept that as part of the game, keep driving forward, keep producing your best and then people will start saying nice things about you.

“If you start relaxing it will all shift again and that’s the cycle of football.”

Wiedwald was dropped in early October by former boss Thomas Christiansen and, following another blunder during the Whites’ 3-1 win at QPR before Christmas, he has been under scrutiny ever since.

Sunday’s mistake only added fuel to the fire but Heckingbottom says he hasn’t spoken to the former Werder Breman goalkeeper about the error ahead of the visit to the iPro Stadium.

“The fans voiced their concerns [at Wiedwald] but then the fans helped the team get the win which was unbelievable,” added Heckingbottom.

“I don’t see any issues as it stands at the moment but like every other player they’re all fighting for their place.

“That won’t change regardless of results. We could be winning eight in a row but there can always be someone breathing down your neck waiting to take your place.”