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Danny Mills assesses ‘casual’ Leeds United star

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Danny Mills is hoping that Leeds United will benefit from the experience of Kiko Casilla in the Championship play-offs, but has admitted that he has concerns over the goalkeeper’s unpredictability.

The 32-year-old joined the Whites on a free transfer from Real Madrid in January and was put straight into the first-team by head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The Spaniard has conceded 18 goals in 17 Championship appearances for Leeds this season, keeping five clean sheets.

Casilla replaced academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell as first-choice goalkeeper at Elland Road.

The 22-year-old conceded 32 goals in 28 league games for the Whites during the first half of the season, but kept an impressive ten clean sheets.

Casilla conceded three goals on Sunday as Leeds were beaten by already-relegated Ipswich Town, leading some fans to question whether he is good enough ahead of the play-offs.

Former Whites defender Mills says that Casilla is a good addition to the squad, but has some concerns over his unpredictable nature.

“He’s won the Champions League, okay he’s not necessarily played but he’s got those medals so you can’t take that away,” Mills told Football Insider.

“He’s used to training with some of the best players in the world, and as the backup goalkeeper he’d have been the one facing all the shots after training. He’d have been the man just getting pelted left, right and centre.

“He’s the most casual goalkeeper on the planet, he’s so laid back. The ball goes back to him sometimes you just think (puts hands over his face), ‘Oh my goodness, what’s he going to do?’

“He’s so casual but actually I think that’s been good because he’s got that ability to play out from the back, doesn’t seem to get flustered at all.

“I think he has been a good addition, goalkeeper is fine, it doesn’t matter if you’re a little bit crazy as long as you’re predictable and the players know he’s going to be laid back.

“They know he might take a chance or two and you can adjust to that.”

Leeds finished third in the Championship table and will face Derby County in the play-off semi-finals, with the first leg taking place on Pride Park on Saturday evening.

The Verdict

Casilla is an experienced goalkeeper and has been a good signing for Leeds in the Championship.

He is a quality goalkeeper and has made some very impressive saves this season.

The Spaniard is a bit unpredictable at times though and was sent off against Sheffield United earlier in the season, so Mills does have a point.

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