Leeds United took a step closer to promotion on Saturday afternoon with a narrow 2-1 victory over Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers.
The weekend result enabled them to keep pace with league leaders Norwich City, who sit two points ahead, albeit having played a game more than the Whites.
Promotion fever has gripped Elland Road this season under Marcelo Bielsa, and it appears that it hasn’t taken long for January signing Kiko Casilla to embrace the optimism which has gripped the club in recent months.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds’ number one has made a bold claim about the prospect of winning promotion this season: “It would mean more than winning the Champions League,” Casilla said. “It’s the objective we have and this is why I am here.”
Clearly, it hasn’t taken Casilla long to appreciate the significance of the narrative which is unfolding in Yorkshire.
The fact the 32-year-old stopper was on the periphery at Madrid and played little part in their Champions League triumphs has presumably influenced his stance, but that has not prevented the supporters from gushing over his bold claim.
Indeed, the fans on Twitter were clearly delighted by Casilla’s desire to help Leeds end their top-flight exile, and it seems his popularity has soared in light of his verdict.
Here’s what some of the Leeds fans had to say about Casilla’s comments on Twitter:
Because he's actually playing and earning it, rather than watching his team mates win it from the bench and pick up a token medal.
— Jase (@Jase0909) February 24, 2019
A sentence I never thought I’d see associated with #lufc
— Simon (@simondaysh) February 24, 2019
What a man. He gets it.
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) February 24, 2019
I like him. I can see that he’s genuinely connecting with the fans. He was having some quality banter with the Kop end yesterday
— Ben Hope (@BenHopeAJBass) February 24, 2019
— Phil THUMBS UP MAN CRESSWELL (@PhilThumbs) February 24, 2019
Thats a bold statement and its how we all feel
— Nick El Bielsista (@NickoSlick_LUFC) February 24, 2019
That is a huge statement!
— Nik Voigt (@NikVoigt) February 24, 2019
What an incredible statement to hear that from a player from Real Madrid.Doesnt take long to get the Leeds United bug does it.
— Barrie Worsnop (@gillroydmor) February 24, 2019