Stephen Warnock believes that Kiko Casilla will edge Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the race to become Leeds United’s first choice goalkeeper after Marcelo Bielsa moved to add the Spaniard to his playing squad last week.
Leeds announced the signing of Casilla on a four-and-a-half year deal towards the middle of last week, with the 32-year-old involved on the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke City.
Peacock-Farrell made his 27th Championship appearance of the season at the bet365 Stadium, but now faces serious competition for his place in the side, with Casilla a high-profile capture for the Whites.
The 22-year-old has been solid for Leeds on the whole, but there have been some poor moments from Peacock-Farrell, including a reckless challenge on Duane Holmes in the 2-0 victory over Derby County, which went unpunished.
Speaking exclusively to FLW over the weekend, Warnock issued his thoughts on Bielsa’s goalkeeping dilemma.
“I think in the game against Derby, Bailey was a little bit lucky to stay on the pitch, the referee should’ve probably awarded a penalty with the high boot and things like that,” the 37-year-old said.
“They’re little mistakes that he might’ve got away with at this moment in time, but later down the line you’ll carry on making mistakes.
“That’s part of the growing up process as a goalkeeper. He’s very, very young for a goalkeeper to be playing first-team football at such a high level. “
Inevitably, it will be a shootout between Casilla and Peacock-Farrell for the role as first choice in the remaining 18 games of the season, as Leeds look to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Warnock’s vote goes with the new man at Elland Road, he continued: “I’m not saying he’s (Peacock-Farrell) a bad goalkeeper, he’s a very good goalkeeper, the experience will have done him the world of good in years to come, but yeah, I expect him (Casilla) to be the No.1 coming into the club.
“To go out and sign a goalkeeper in January, they must want him as No.1.”
Casilla might debut for Leeds against Rotherham United this coming weekend.
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