Given everything that has happened this season in Leeds’ return to the Premier League, you would be forgiven for completely forgetting that Kiko Casilla still remains at Elland Road.
The Spaniard has been on the fringes of things for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, and has hardly had a look in, with Illan Meslier now the club’s undisputed number one goalkeeper.
In fact, he only has just the one Premier League outing to his name this campaign, with his appearance in a 1-0 defeat to Brighton back in mid-January being the only time Whites fans have seen him in action in the top-flight.
And given that his actual performances in between the sticks haven’t been up to scratch either, Casilla’s place in this Leeds squad is seriously up for debate, particularly when you think Bielsa has 19-year-old Elia Caprile waiting in the wings.
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.”
Leeds TV podcaster, Oscar Mario, meanwhile, simply labelled him a “complete liability“.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay even claimed that “he’s one of the players we’ve been expecting Leeds to move on in the summer”, despite Bielsa’s insistence that Casilla retains his faith.
Speaking this year, the Whites boss said: “I fully trust in Kiko. I will do the utmost possible to help him. I think the treatment Kiko has suffered ignores the fact he’s a player who played 40 games for Real Madrid.
“Apart from whether his performances were good or bad, we forget all the thing he has done to get the team promoted. People also don’t consider how he’s being treated publicly given the situation that he had to go through.”
While Bielsa understandably has been quick to stand behind his player, quite frankly, Casilla has proven that he doesn’t deserve it either through his on-pitch performances or controversies.
The Spaniard simply has to go this summer.