The Chalkboard: Marcelo Bielsa must stick with Kiko Casilla despite mistakes

The playoffs are a tricky mistress, and Marcelo Bielsa has been presented with a massive selection headache ahead of the semi-final against Derby.

The Argentine can’t afford to be too reactionary when deciding on his team. Therefore Kiko Casilla must remain Leeds’ first choice despite his wobble against Ipswich on Sunday.

The case for dropping Casilla

Many supporters on Twitter have been unimpressed with Casilla after recent performances, and you have to say that they have good reason to lose patience with the goalie.

The former Real Madrid man made two errors which led to goals on Sunday. If he were to repeat those antics in the playoffs, he could single-handedly cost the Whites a place in the Premier League.

The 32-year-old was Bielsa’s only signing in January, and he must maintain the faith that he has shown in him thus far.

The alternative

Any fans who are calling for the Spaniard to be dropped seemingly have short memories. If the stopper is to be replaced in the starting XI it would mean Bailey Peacock-Farrell stepping in.

The 22-year-old had previously been one of the most error-prone goalkeepers in the division, leading to the signing of a replacement in January.

On top of this, the Spanish international has more big-game experience than anyone else in the Leeds team. He has played in the Champions League for Real Madrid, and he even has an appearance for his national team.

The goalkeeper had to beat off competition from the likes of David De Gea, Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina to earn a Spain cap. For Casilla to even get a sniff at international football with that pool of talent ahead of him just shows how good he is when he is on top of his game.

The keeper has been shaky in recent weeks, but Bielsa must stick with him during the most important games of the season, and that includes even if he makes an error in the first leg on Saturday.

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