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‘It’s a bold, but harsh call’ – Bielsa makes big Leeds decision ahead of Rotherham: Opinion



Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be looking for a reaction from his squad following the defeat to Stoke City in the Championship last time out, when the Whites make the journey to Rotherham this Saturday afternoon.

Bielsa has confirmed that new goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will make his first team debut in the fixture, being given the nod over current number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell, as reported in the YEP.

So is Casilla starting the right call for Leeds?

We discuss…..

Gary Hutchinson


“He’s a different league to BPF I’m afraid.

“You don’t play for Real Madrid to sit on Leeds’ bench.

“Blackman might have made way for BPF, but this guy was never going to.”

Louie Chandler

“I think so.

“Casilla is a real coup for the Championship so it would be foolish not to start him as harsh as it may seem on BPF.

“Bielsa has rarely made a bad selection call this season so he should be trusted with this one too.”

Jacob Potter

“It’s a bold, but harsh call.

“Peacock-Farrell hasn’t done much wrong in the last few games, and is unlucky to have been dropped for his one.

“That being said though, Casilla is a high-profile signing that can certainly step up to the required standard in the Championship.”

Jay Taylor

“I think so, he has been given time to settle.

“A week to acclimatise to the city and play in an U23s cup tie is more than enough for a player at the top level to get accustomed to a club.

“This is a big local derby but in terms of fixtures, next week against Norwich is bigger, so this game is the perfect debut ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.”

Alfie Burns

“You’ve got to say so, he’s an experienced player that will bring a lot to this group.

“Peacock-Farrell has done well, but Casilla could help Leeds over the line.

“I’m expecting him to be the difference from here.”

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