According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Leeds United will look to sign a goalkeeper this summer as Kiko Casilla could be headed back to Spain.
LEEDS. Want a new keeper. Casilla may be off back home.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 26, 2019
The former Real Madrid man was only signed in January, but a spate of bad performances looks to have seen him fall out of favour with Marcelo Bielsa.
If this really is it for Casilla at Elland Road, then he will surely be remembered as one of the worst signings in recent history.
In six months at the club, he helped to derail the Whites’ automatic promotion push and almost single-handedly lost the playoff semi-final second leg to Derby County, with a little bit of help from Gaetano Berardi’s temper.
It seems that Bielsa has had the wool pulled over his eyes when it comes to the Spanish stopper. He was signed with the reputation of being a Champions League winner, but he proved to be one of the worst players in the Leeds squad.
The Yorkshire club are making the right choice when it comes to shifting the Spain international.
Having the keeper in the dressing room next season will serve as a reminder of the failure he caused the team this season and could potentially disrupt the squad harmony. Therefore, taking this approach is the correct thing to do.
It is remnant of Liverpool’s treatment of Loris Karius after the Champions League final last season, and that proved to be a stroke of genius from Jurgen Klopp.
Not only could Casilla’s presence in the dressing room disrupt the atmosphere at the club, but he has undoubtedly lost the trust of his defence after these poor performances, and fans will be uneasy every time he goes near the ball, just as the Anfield crowd were with Karius.
A lack of communication between the Spaniard and Liam Cooper cost Leeds a goal against Derby County, and in future Cooper may hesitate to allow Casilla to claim any stray balls, which in turn may create more problems at the back.
The Whites should absolutely cash in while they have the chance.