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Leeds must turn to Newcastle man Karl Darlow if Kiko Casilla leaves

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Leeds must turn to Newcastle man Karl Darlow if Kiko Casilla leaves

The ex-Nottingham Forest is down the pecking order at St James’ Park.

Leeds United will hope to win promotion to the Premier League when the 2019/20 campaign gets back underway.

Defeat in the play-offs to Derby County extinguished their hopes last season and Marcelo Bielsa knows he has work to do this time around.

It could be a new-look squad which takes to the field when Leeds face Bristol City in their season opener on Sunday 4th August.

Pontus Jansson has already left for Brentford, whilst Kemar Roofe, Mateusz Klich and Kalvin Phillips are all attracting interest.

Kiko Casilla kept goal for Leeds during the second half of last season and he to could be on his way.

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The 32-year-old’s erratic form scuppered their promotion aspects, particularly in the play-off second leg where his performance was bordering on embarrassing.

If Leeds are considering a new goalkeeper they should look no further than Newcastle stopper Karl Darlow.

 

Time for change

The ex-Forest man is just the safe pair of hands that Leeds need to follow on from Casilla.

Darlow has lost his way at St James’ Park. For 15 games last season he wasn’t even included in the squad, whilst he hasn’t played since a 3-1 EFL Cup defeat to Forest in August.

At 28, the custodian needs to be playing regular first-team football.

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There is no doubting his ability, particularly at Championship level. In 140 Championship appearances, he has claimed 43 clean sheets and is a calming influence between the posts.

He distributes well, commands his box with aplomb and Leeds wouldn’t have to fork out a fortune.

Middlesbrough were interested in a £4 million deal just 12 months ago, according to the Shields Gazette.

If Leeds do cash in on Casilla, Darlow is definitely the man they should turn to next.

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