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Leeds United’s goalkeeper position has had a number of question marks around it this summer.
Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have both been linked with moves away from the club. The Whites have also been linked with other goalkeepers. Mark Travers is a name that has cropped up, and an audacious link with Gianluigi Buffon now won’t happen after he rejoined Juventus.
This leaves the Whites in a tough predicament. They have two goalkeepers who were heavily criticised last season by some fans in Casilla and Peacock-Farrell, and they have to decide which one to go with as number one in 2019/20.
Marcelo Bielsa has a real conundrum on his hands, but after last season’s disappointments, the choice is probably more simple than it appears.
Leeds should learn from Liverpool’s example and what they did with Loris Karius after the 2018 Champions League final, and get the 32-year-old out of the dressing room as soon as possible.
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The 6 foot 3 stopper has only been a Leeds player for six months so his presence in the dressing room won’t be missed too much, and having him around will just be a reminder of last season’s failures.
Confidence is so important in a goalkeeper, and the Spaniard just seems bereft of it as during the back end of the season he was seemingly second-guessing his every action, meaning the Whites should look towards Peacock-Farrell instead.
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For all the criticism the stopper has received over the past 12 months, Leeds were top of the league when he was replaced between the sticks and he also kept ten clean sheets in 28 appearances. That isn’t to say that Casilla is wholly to blame for the Yorkshire club’s collapse, but it does show that the Northern Irishman is capable of playing for a team battling at the top of the table.