When Leeds United announced that they had completed the signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January, their supporters had every right to be excited.
With goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell struggling for consistency in the Championship, it looked as if Marcelo Bielsa had found the perfect man to lead the Whites to automatic promotion in May.
Yet despite having a wealth of experience of winning major trophies at Madrid, Casilla ultimately failed to deliver for Leeds and was a liability in two of the club’s season-defining fixtures.
Having been sent off in a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road in March to Sheffield United, the 32-year-old was utterly abysmal in the second leg of the Whites’ play-off showdown with Derby County which saw them crash out of the competition.
After being directly culpable for the Rams’ first goal, Casilla seemed to lose all confidence in his ability which in turn caused the nerves to spread to his defenders who began to make a series of errors that ultimately led to Leeds conceding on three further occasions.
With his side facing yet another year in the Championship, Marcelo Bielsa may have to make some drastic decisions this summer in regards to his squad in order to create the foundations needed for success next season.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, the Leeds boss is reportedly targeting a move for a new goalkeeper with Casilla’s future in West Yorkshire now unclear after his side failed to secure promotion earlier this month.
If this is indeed true, Bielsa must commit to selling the £2.7m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) as keeping him at the club could end up hindering the Whites during the 2019/20 campaign.
By cutting ties with Casilla, the 63-year-old could either give Peacock-Farrell another opportunity to impress or bring in a shot-stopper who has a proven track record of performing to a high standard at Championship level.
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