Ben Parker has been heavily impressed by the form of Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla this season and feels the way he’s changed his style to adapt to the Championship has been excellent.
The 33-year-old is the first-choice option in goal for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and has managed an eye-catching seven clean sheets in the opening 14 league games.
He moved to Elland Road in January from Real Madrid and it did take him some time to settle to English football in the second half of last season.
But the Spanish shot-stopper looks far more settled now and is a key part of a defence that has conceded the least goals in the Championship so far.
Ex-Leeds defender Parker believes his decision making to come off his line has improved and it’s certainly an important part of his game.
He’s strong in possession and proved himself with a number of top saves in the goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
“I think overall his performances this year have been different class,” Parker told LS11.
“Every time he’s come out [of the box] he’s got the ball. He’s adapted to the Championship, the speed of the Championship, knowing when to come out, his starting positions. I think he’s been absolutely fantastic.”
Casilla has appeared to cut the individual errors out of his game and is now looking a real assured player in the XI.
He does take risks still that many goalkeepers wouldn’t, but they seem far more calculated and his record this campaign so far speaks for itself.
Leeds have conceded just eight goals in the 14 league games so far and their defence is more than playing it’s role in a promotion bid.
They currently sit third in the standings and just need their attack to find a more clinical touch.