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Gary Neville critical of Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla

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Gary Neville critical of Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla

Gary Neville has been critical of Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after his performance against Salford City.

The Whites recorded a 3-0 away victory on Tuesday night away to Salford in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes to his team for the cup fixture against League Two opposition, but decided to stick with his number one goalkeeper.

Casilla has remained the first-choice option in goal for the start of the season and has a point to prove after some mixed displays since his arrival in January.

The ex-Real Madrid ace was kept busy against Salford and pulled off some reflex saves from a number of efforts outside the box.

But there was once again some question marks over his handling and he doesn’t command his penalty area from set-pieces.

Neville, who is Salford co-owner and a Manchester United legend, was unconvinced by Casilla after watching the Leeds shot-stopper live for the first time.


“He parries two back in towards his own penalty spot, I mean I’d be a nervous wreck if I was playing with him to be honest with you looking at him tonight,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Football channel (10:00pm, 13 August).

“That’s the first time I’ve seen him live, but he looks jittery on crosses and he parries balls back in towards his penalty spot. He did make some good saves.”

(Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

TBR’s View:

It was a good idea from Bielsa to keep Casilla in the team against Salford and a clean sheet under his belt should do him some confidence.

But the same problems are still evident in his game and the 32-year-old can be a weakness in the Whites backline.

Leeds may need to address the goalkeeper situation in January to see how the Spaniard is performing and it may be a case of finding an upgrade if they want to achieve Championship promotion.

Casilla certainly can on his day be a real asset with his shot-stopping, but individual errors do count up and he’s someone that needs to improve still.

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