Kiko Casilla’s future with Leeds United has been touched on once more, with Beren Cross indicating that it could well lie away from Elland Road after recent controversy.
Leeds started the season with Casilla firmly established as their first choice goalkeeper, but an FA charge over racist remarks made to Charlton Athletic’s Jonathan Leko lingered over him for a number of months.
In February, those charges were proven and Casilla was hit with an eight-game suspension, not to mention a significant mark against his name.
Illan Meslier has stepped in to deputise him twice, but his run in the side has been halted by the EFL’s postponement at a time when he was proving to be just as reliable as his Spanish teammate.
Now, Cross has written in Leeds Live and cast further doubt over the long-term future of Casilla at Elland Road, writing: “First things first: the elephant in the room. Kiko Casilla’s current season is finishing with a whimper and you would not be surprised if he has played his last game for the Whites.
“First there were the catastrophic errors against Derby County in the play-offs, then came the autumn renaissance before a string of horrendous mistakes this winter and, finally, an eight-match ban for racist comments.
“Assuming the Spaniard is moved on, there is a slot for a new goalkeeper to arrive.”
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Casilla arrived in Leeds from Real Madrid back in January 2019, but wasn’t able to keep Leeds on track for promotion during the 2018/19 campaign.
His error in the Championship play-off semi-final, where he collided with Liam Cooper to allow Jack Marriott and Derby County a route back into the tie, cost Leeds a place at Wembley.
His form was patchy over the winter this season, with goals against West Brom, Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday underlining his weaknesses.
Moving aside the racism saga, Casilla is an erratic goalkeeper; brilliant on his day, but woeful on another day.
He cost Leeds badly last season, whilst dropped points were his fault around the turn of the year this season.
In truth, Leeds could do better, with Meslier, even at 20, looking to have a little bit more composure.
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