Leeds stretched their winning run to six games against Huddersfield Town on Saturday but it could have been a different story if not for the intervention of Kiko Casilla.
It is not the first time the keeper has come to the Whites’ rescue, and it is little surprise that his great form has led him to keep 12 clean sheets in 22 games this campaign.
Several defenders have been stand-out, too, with Ben White picking up most of the plaudits from fans, but Casilla is fast-becoming a new hero amongst the fanbase.
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The Spaniard has made a significant turnaround from last season, with his mistake against Derby costing his side a place in the playoff final, but his improvement has been noted and duly appreciated by supporters, with many applauding his save.
World class keeping
— balhar bhachu (@BhachuBalhar) December 8, 2019
Brilliant reflex save by Kiko 👍🏼
— Excalibur (@MCMLXIV) December 8, 2019
Unbelievable save that. Kiko on fire.
— Kevin Fillingham (@kevbensam) December 8, 2019
Still not sure how that stayed out, brilliant save
— George Lockwood (@geolockwood) December 8, 2019
While Casilla did brilliantly to keep out Karlan Grant’s header, it is becoming a familiar theme of his season, and with the Spaniard between the posts Leeds can be confident of maintaining their mantle as the best defensive team in the country.
The ten goals they have conceded in 20 league games isn’t bettered by any other team in the top four divisions, and some believe that is because the goalkeeper and defenders breed confidence in each other.
Fans have taken the time to praise the 33-year-old, and rightly so, as with each passing game he is proving that Marcelo Bielsa was right to bring him in last January.
Brillant shot stopper and passer of the ball. Fits perfectly into Bielsaball.
— Damien Cummins (@Damien_Cms) December 8, 2019
Been absolutely outstanding this season does help having a solid defence in front breeds confidence in both MOT.
— R.Cartwright 💙💛 (@rogercart57) December 8, 2019
Kiko our unsung hero 💙💛
— MdYusyaffil (@MdYusyaffil) December 8, 2019
I wanted keeper sacked and out of the club after last season but this season he has been magnificent.👏
— andrew rosindale (@andyGamingMad) December 8, 2019