Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has said that he believes Kiko Casilla should be sold by the Yorkshire club this summer.
Whilst you cannot underestimate the experience of Spanish keeper Casilla, a run of poor form and a racism charge that has seen him suspended has somewhat put a dampener on his season in a Leeds shirt.
Moving to Elland Road in 2018 on a four-and-a-half year contract from Real Madrid, he has since gone on to become the club’s first choice keeper, making 35 appearances this season in the Championship.
Despite 15 clean sheets in those appearances, Casilla’s reputation has somewhat diminished due to the aforementioned racism charge, which saw him banned for eight games and fined £60,000 for racially abusing Charlton Athletic loanee Jonathan Leko
Discussing his future ahead of what looks set to be an automatic promotion to the Premier League, Whelan revealed his thoughts on the Spaniard’s future.
“After the allegations and the guilty charge of racism, even though it was a probability charge, I think the best scenario for player and club is that he leaves,” he told Football Insider.
“Leeds United are all for keeping racism out of the game. Hopefully he can find another club.
“We have also seen too many mistakes from Kiko this season. I do not want to put a shadow over his time at Leeds because he has made some fantastic saves but his horrific decision making will probably be what he is remembered for, unfortunately.
“He has made crucial saves but when you play in that position people seem to remember the blunders rather than the great saves.”
With talk of a potential exit for Casilla, Football Insider also reported that a number of La Liga sides were keeping an eye on the keeper’s future.
The 33-year-old is an obvious talent and you have to feel that Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has a very good option in him for the club’s return to the Premier League, but his racism charge and various question marks from fans could see him leave.
Indeed, as Whelan mentions, the Spaniard has made some high profile mistakes in a Leeds jersey, including an absolute howler against promotion rivals Brentford in February (Express).
With Bielsa known to be a meticulous planner, the Argentine will undoubtedly like to ensure all of the positions in his starting eleven are sorted by the start of pre-season.
Casilla’s potential exit could hand him a busy summer recruiting an adequate replacement.
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