Pundit Kevin Campbell believes Kiko Casilla has played his last game for Leeds United, following the news of his loan move to La Liga side Elche [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Leeds United gear up for 2021/22 with incomings and outgoings expected
With Euro 2020 behind us and the transfer window in full swing, Leeds fans will be keen to see how Marcelo Bielsa re-structures his side ahead of a second successive top-flight season for the Whites.
Acquiring top quality talent will be a pre-requisite of bringing continuous success to Elland Road, however slashing the wage bill and clearing out unwanted players will also be a priority for the Argentinian.
One man who has recently fallen into that category is 6 foot 3 ace Casilla, who completed a switch to Elche earlier this week [Leeds United].
Should Leeds United have kept Casilla around?
The Latest: Campbell ‘cannot see’ Casilla playing for Leeds again
Prompting former Everton striker Campbell to respond in an interview with Football Insider, the 51-year-old reckons Casilla’s time in Yorkshire hay have come to an end, claiming: “It’s been long, long overdue, his exit.
“It was always going to happen. I am not surprised that they have moved him on at the first opportunity.
“I cannot see him playing for Leeds again. When you go out on loan and have two years left, you are just seeing out your time. I cannot see a way back for him at Leeds now.” [Football Insider]
The Verdict: Right time for club and player
All things considered, Campbell makes some very valid points in evaluating the nature of the brokered deal with the Spanish top-flight outfit for Casilla’s services.
Not viewed as a priority this campaign, he is highly unlikely to get another shot between the sticks for Bielsa’s side at the age of 34-years-old, especially considering how well the much younger Illan Meslier has performed.
In 2020/21, the Alcover-born stopper made just five first-team appearances at his parent club, keeping a solitary clean sheet [Transfermarkt].
In spite of rarely playing across last term, he impressed when on the field, recording an average rating of 7.06/10 and signifying his quality and experienced [WhoScored], but now is probably the correct time for the club and player to have parted ways.
In other news, Leeds are interested in signing a replacement goalkeeper.
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