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TBR View: Leeds United should offload Kiko Casilla during January

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TBR View: Leeds United should offload Kiko Casilla during January

The stopper hasn’t played for the Whites in the league this season.

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla made a rare appearance earlier this week, playing the full 90 minutes as the under-23s secured a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

He replaced Elia Caprile between the posts for the game but Leeds must seriously consider offloading the Spaniard once the transfer window reopens in January.

The 34-year-old signed for Leeds in January 2019 and was part of the Leeds squad that was defeated by Derby County in the play-offs during the 2018/19 campaign.

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He was at fault for Jack Marriott’s goal which gave the Rams a catalyst to get back into the semi-final when all had seemed lost for the East Midlands-based outfit.

Last season, it’s fair to suggest that his form didn’t really get much better; with the former Real Madrid custodian often displaying an erratic persona in goal for Leeds.

The experienced performer missed nine games through suspension after being found guilty of racially abusing a Charlton player. Since that debacle, he has made just one appearance for the club.


Casilla has been on the bench for the first-team six times in the Premier League, with Illan Meslier the club’s current first-choice goalkeeper.

Caprile is a solid young goalkeeper and perhaps the time is now right for Marcelo Bielsa to utilise the 19-year-old Italian in the first-team setup.

Some will point to the fact that his experience could be telling should Meslier pick up an injury of some sort.

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If Leeds don’t feel that Caprile is ready then attracting another stopper shouldn’t be a problem for a club of Leeds’ magnitude.

Casilla is past his sell-by date somewhat now and the Whites would be wise to get is £32,000-a-week wages off the budget and close the door on a pretty ordinary Elland Road chapter.

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