Liam Cooper has suggested that Kiko Casilla is a great player to have amongst the Leeds United squad, and labelled his most recent performance unbelievable, in comments posted on the club’s official Twitter account.
Casilla has silenced a lot of his critics with his performances this season. There looked to be a lot of questions asked about his Elland Road future after his calamitous end to the last campaign. But he has been excellent so far.
Leeds boast the best defensive record in the league. And while the likes of Cooper, Ben White and Kalvin Phillips deserve enormous praise, Casilla has certainly played his part.
And there has perhaps been no better performance in a Leeds shirt from the 33-year-old than his effort at Sheffield Wednesday last week. Casilla produced a number of outstanding saves to keep the Owls at bay.
And Cooper suggested that Leeds are extremely lucky to have a player of Casilla’s calibre within their ranks as he was asked about the goalkeeper’s turnaround.
“I don’t think you get on Real Madrid’s books if you’re a poor player. Kiko knows himself. He’s a confident man. He’s a great lad as well, he’s got no ego,” he said, as reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
“He applies himself everyday. He works hard and he pushes everybody else. He’s an experienced lad in the dressing room and he’s a great lad to have about. I thought his performance on Saturday was unbelievable. He kept us in the game at times and that’s what you want from your keeper.”
Casilla’s shot-stopping and distribution has hardly been questioned during his time at Leeds. But his decision-making attracted a lot of criticism last season.
On the pitch, he has caused nowhere near as many problems this term. If he can sustain this form over the coming months, Leeds are surely going to have little problem putting themselves in the promotion mix this time around.