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Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has placed a huge degree of faith in Kiko Casilla

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Leeds’ transfer window has felt rather like it’s full of confusion.

Victor Orta admitted that they had a plan in place, of which 90% of it was completed last week. However, after selling Pontus Jansson and losing Kemar Roofe to injury, it’s rather puzzling that seemingly they won’t return to the market.

Yet, the impending sale of Bailey Peacock-Farrell may well prompt them to re-enter in an attempt to sign a back-up keeper.

On Wednesday it was revealed that a fee of £2.5m had been agreed with Burnley for the stopper.

On the chalkboard

The goalkeeping department at Leeds has been one which has seemingly been at the centre of attention this summer.

Earlier in the window, Football Insider suggested the club would try to find a buyer for Kiko Casilla before Marca reported that Sevilla were interested.

However, it’s now a case of their other shot-stopper, Peacock-Farrell looking likely to depart.

And in doing so, Marcelo Bielsa may have just displayed a huge degree of faith in Casilla.

The Spaniard started last term as Leeds’ number two but worked himself back into favour during the second half of the campaign.

His performance in the play-offs could have thrown his place entirely into doubt, though.

The former Real Madrid man made a howler against Derby as the Whites ultimately lost out on promotion.

Despite his experience, that mistake will likely have been a huge blow in terms of his confidence, especially as he hasn’t had a chance to amend it since.

Such high stakes were on the line but Casilla could now be put back on the right path if Peacock-Farrell leaves. Considering that error, this sign of trust from Bielsa could be exactly what he needs to improve.

Selling the young goalkeeper now ultimately assures the 32-year-old of his place in the side and that could be game-changing.

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