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Kiko Casilla is exactly what Leeds United need to aid promotion battle

Kiko Casilla is exactly what Leeds United need to aid promotion battle

Kiko Casilla has moved to Leeds United on a four-and-a-half year deal.

It is not often the opportunity arises to sign a Real Madrid player. Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds have capitalised on that, bringing Casilla to Elland Road to help retain their lead at the top of the Championship and beyond.

Current number one, Bailey Peacock-Farrell had made multiple mistakes this campaign, but he has also made vital saves and penalty saves across the season so far.

However, Casilla takes the standard to a whole new level.

Having not played in just under a year, he will need a few U23 games to shake off the rustiness but when he is back in the swing of things, he will almost certainly take the number one shirt from Peacock-Farrell on a regular basis, provided his performances are up to scratch.

Casilla is a typical, modern Spanish goalkeeper. The 32-year-old is a solid shot stopper and more than comfortable on the ball, that is something that Bielsa instils in his ‘keepers so they can build from the back and be comfortable in possession.

The only questions lie around the physicality of the Championship and whether he will be able to handle it, however, that is very much a wait and see game, as no one will know for sure until he is properly tested in that respect.

At such a tough time of the season, to not only bring in a player of that calibre, but someone who has been in-and-around the training and dressing room of the current European champions for four years is a remarkable bit of business. His winning mentality will surely rub off on the teammates and that can only benefit the club.

If Leeds are to win promotion to the Premier League, they would almost certainly be looking for a new number one anyway as Peacock-Farrell does not look of the level for that division, so bringing in Casilla on a free transfer may prove to be one of Bielsa’s best dealings during his time in West Yorkshire.

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