When Leeds United brought in Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in the January transfer window, it looked as if they had secured the signing which would allow them to power on towards promotion to the Premier League.
Having won no fewer than 10 major honours with Los Blancos during his four-year stay in the Spanish capital, the goalkeeper seemingly had all the experience needed to thrive at Championship level.
However, a slow start to life at Elland Road saw him keep just three clean sheets in his first nine appearances for the Whites as he struggled to make the correct adaptations to his game.
Although he had shown glimpses of what he was capable of against the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City, Casilla’s mistake against Sheffield United ultimately went on to have serious ramifications for the race for the top-two in the second tier.
With Leeds trailing 1-0 to the Blades, the Spaniard was sent off for a challenge on Billy Sharp in the closing stages of the showdown which allowed Chris Wilder’s side to comfortably secure a vital three points.
From this fixture onwards, the Whites looked a shadow of the side who had lit up the Championship earlier on during the campaign and so it was hardly surprising when they slipped out of contention for automatic promotion.
Although Leeds would have been disappointed about how their regular season ended, they would have been confident of prevailing in their play-off semi-final against Derby County.
Yet despite securing a 1-0 victory over the Rams last Saturday, Bielsa’s side’s capitulation on Wednesday resulted in them being eliminated from the competition.
In what was a harrowing night at Elland Road, Casilla produced a dreadful performance in between the sticks and was at fault for two of the Rams’ goals.
Whereas the £2.7m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) may have been forgiven if this was the first time that he had failed to deliver for Leeds, when you consider that he has been unconvincing throughout his brief stint at the club, it may already be time for Bielsa to cut ties with the 32-year-old this summer.
By shipping off Casilla when the transfer window opens in July, the Whites could use the money from his sale to bring in a keeper who has a proven record of performing in the Championship.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa sell Casilla in the summer? Or should the Spaniard be given another chance to impress next season? Let us know below.
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