Leeds United are poised to make a significant addition, with Real Madrid stopper Kiko Casilla set to join the Championship leaders on a permanent deal.
That’s according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, who broke the news shortly after the Whites got back to winning ways against Derby County last night.
The 32-year-old is third choice at the Bernabeu behind Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois so has not featured this season.
Nevertheless, he had previously established himself as the number one for Espanyol over the years and will arrive at Elland Road with a good pedigree.
Casilla is sure to replace Bailey Peacock-Farrell who has struggled at times this season despite Leeds’ impressive campaign.
And, here we look at TWO pros and TWO cons to the Yorkshire side securing a deal for the keeper…
They need a new keeper
As mentioned, Peacock-Farrell hasn’t convinced this season and has cost the side several goals through errors. Even last night he was fortunate that a ridiculous kick out didn’t result in a red card and a penalty.
He was set to be dropped until Jamal Blackman picked up an injury earlier in the season, so bringing in a new keeper was essential.
He has good experience at a high level
There’s going to be a lot of pressure on whoever comes in for Leeds as we are reaching a crucial period of the campaign.
However, this will be nothing for Casilla who is at arguably the biggest club in the world right now.
He may need time to adapt to the league
Although, there has to be a few concerns about this deal and one is Casilla’s lack of experience in this country.
As we know, the Championship is an unforgiving league and it’s particularly tough for keepers as they look to adapt to a new style of football.
Clearly, he has class but Leeds need someone to hit the ground running.
A lack of football in recent years
Another worry would be the keepers lack of game time recently.
It’s understandable that he doesn’t play for Madrid but this is his fourth season at the club and it’s been a similar story in each campaign.
Players always benefit from playing regularly and there may be a worry that Casilla is not as sharp as he should be.
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