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Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla must cut out the mistakes with Illan Meslier waiting in the wings

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Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla must cut out the mistakes with Illan Meslier waiting in the wings

The youngster signed on loan at Elland Road during the summer.

Leeds United were beaten on their travels for the first time during the 2019/20 campaign on Saturday. Charlton Athletic defeated the Whites 1-0 to earn a valuable three points.

Macauley Bonne struck on 32 minutes and although they surrendered a large percentage of possession, the Addicks stood firm to deny Marcelo Bielsa’s team.

The result leaves the Argentinean manager with more questions than answers given that his misfiring forwards missed a glut of chances once again.

At the back, a problem is perhaps emerging for Leeds too. Kiko Casilla was instrumental in Leeds losing to Derby in last season’s play-off semi-final second leg and he was back to his erratic best at The Valley on Saturday.

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The ex-Real Madrid stopper should have done far better than he did with the goal he conceded and he could face a fight for his place in the team with a few more below-par performances.

In the summer Leeds signed Illan Meslier on loan from Lorient and his performances for the club’s under-23 team have really caught the eye.

 

The 19-year-old will clearly hope to win himself a deal at Elland Road beyond this season. His best chance of doing that will be to break into the first-team and prove his worth.

Bielsa isn’t a massive fan of change. He has been known to find a winning formula and stick with it during his time at Leeds, so earning a shot won’t come easy for Meslier.

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Casilla needed a good start to the current campaign after his catastrophic display against Derby back in May. Up until Saturday, he had done okay, although his clanger at The Valley represents a real setback.

Meslier is one for the future and too many more below-par performances from Casilla could throw him firmly into the spotlight as the club’s number one goalkeeper.

 

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