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Jermaine Beckford lauds Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla

Jermaine Beckford has praised Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, but admitted to Sky Sports (broadcast on 27/10 from 12:00) that he would like to see the Spaniard act a little more sensibly.

Casilla produced one of his best performances since his switch to Elland Road as Leeds drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday.

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The former Real Madrid man made some brilliant stops, including one outstanding save from Steven Fletcher’s strike during the first-half. There was certainly an argument to suggest that he was Ben White’s closest rival for the man of the match award.

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And after the game, Beckford suggested that he is a fan of the 33-year-old. However, the striker admitted that some of his decision-making leaves him concerned.

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“He’s somebody who definitely divides opinion,” he told Sky Sports. “I like him. I think he’s very lively. I’d just like him to be a little less crazy if I’m honest. He takes a couple of chances when he’s being closed down by forwards when he’s defending.

“Ultimately, he offers you the experience. He’s a big boy. And you can’t help but respect what he’s done and where he’s been. And that’s one of the reasons why he’s as good as he is.”

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It does appear that Casilla has turned a corner this season. He was poor in the final weeks of last season. And his mistakes definitely hurt the Whites as they failed to seal promotion.

He had a real point to prove heading into this term. But Casilla has stepped up. Leeds are the only team in the Championship to have not reached double figures for goals conceded this season.

And while there have been times when the defence in front of him deserves the greater amount of credit, there is no question that Casilla has silenced the large majority of his critics with the work that he has done when he has been called upon.

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