This time last year, Leeds United were pursuing an experienced goalkeeping option with the young Bailey Peacock-Farrell being Marcelo Biela’s first-choice starter.
Whites director of football Victor Orta identified a big name as the solution, one that had won multiple Champions League titles and more.
That man was Kiko Casilla.
Nearly a year to the day, the Yorkshiremen clinched the signing of the Spaniard from La Liga giants Real Madrid with him signing a four-and-a-half-year contract.
But his latest string of performances are starting to show why that may have been a huge mistake, especially in a financial sense.
It is no secret that his move to Elland Road was quite costly in terms of wages, he arrived as ‘comfortably’ the highest-paid earner, as Phil Hay once said.
Casilla’s form has been patchy since being handed the shot-stopping reigns – that playoff game against Derby County last term will long live in the memory of some, others will never be able to let it go either.
According to LUFC data, Leeds have conceded from the first shot on target they’ve faced in five of the last six Championship outings, while it has also happened a total of ten times this season.
The same source also states that they have conceded 60% of their home goals past the 81st minute.
While it is believed that the 33-year-old has leaked 76.47% of the shots he’s faced in the same timeframe as above.
This just isn’t good enough, especially when you consider the sort of deal the goalkeeper is on. He must perform to that standard each and every week, and currently, he’s far from doing that.
Illan Meslier stunned on debut against Premier League opposition in Arsenal, so it’s not as if his place amongst the starting XI should be guaranteed.
Football Insider claim Casilla is on £40k-per-week, an extortionate deal and one they could do without if he continues to disappoint.
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Leeds can barely afford to many additions after Phil Hay ruled them out of signing Hull City hotshot Jarrod Bowen this month, with the club needing to satisfy FFP regulations, and there’s no doubt that deals such as the one with the Spanish keeper has contributed severely.
It’s starting to look like one big financial mistake on Orta’s part.