With the summer transfer window coming up in a few months, one of Leeds’ priorities must surely be to sell Kiko Casilla.
With reports back in December and January claiming that the club are eyeing up the likes of Sam Johnstone and Seny Dieng, it’s clear that the goalkeeping department is something Leeds are planning on reinforcing.
The £40k-a-week earning Casilla has lost his place at Elland Road after Illan Meslier’s emergence onto the scene, and when he has been called upon this campaign, he hasn’t delivered the goods.
Speaking after Leeds’ FA Cup loss to Crawley Town earlier this season, journalist Daniel Storey, slammed: “I think Kiko Casilla was the other game-changer in a negative sense because I don’t think he should be playing for Leeds for non-football reasons, but he probably shouldn’t be playing for Leeds for football reasons after today.
“He just looked so short of confidence that the second goal just completely went through him at his near post. I think it was disappointing that he was picked and I kind of saw it as karma doesn’t really have a sell-by date and two or three years down the line, he’s come undone maybe.”
And, speaking about him last year, Noel Whelan said the 34-year-old: “He’s an accident waiting to happen at the moment. His body language is terrible and you can see the defence are losing confidence in him, they’re fearful and thinking, ‘can we trust him anymore?’”
Leeds TV podcaster, Oscar Mario, meanwhile, simply dubbed him as a “complete liability“.
Given all the off-the-pitch controversy, and the fact that Meslier has clearly established himself as Leeds’ number one, it’s surely the perfect time for the Whites to offload the Spaniard this summer.
With just a solitary 90 minutes of first-team action in the Premier League, and just 270 minutes of competitive football in total this season, Casilla has just been picking up a pay-cheque for doing virtually nothing.
It makes no sense for Leeds to be paying a decent chunk of money to someone who’s got no hope of getting into the first-team, and the club would surely be better off reinvesting that money elsewhere.
He’s just been rinsing Andrea Radrizzani dry for far too long.