After starting off the 2019/2020 season as Leeds United’s number one goalkeeper, Kiko Casilla’s campaign ended with him out of the first-team picture and the whole racism controversy hanging over him.
The Whites secured their return to the Premier League without the Spaniard in between the sticks at the end, with Illan Meslier taking his place in the side and enjoying an impressive run – he kept seven clean sheets in the 11 Championship games that he played.
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On Saturday afternoon, Casilla was given the chance to impress Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds took on Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira. But whilst they sealed a comfortable 3-1 win, the goalkeeper had a nightmare display.
Pacos’ sole goal of the contest came after the 33-year-old came rushing off his line, only for the player to take it past him and square it across for a tap-in for his team-mate.
And after seeing his performance, Leeds fans took to Twitter to slam the veteran.
I do not want to see him in a leeds shirt anywhere near the premier league. At all.
— Emma LUFC Holmes (@EmmaSmileHolmes) September 5, 2020
Only time I think we need to make our voices heard is to get this liability out of our club.
— Phil Hardaker (@philjh1975) September 5, 2020
— Johnny (@Johnny48013909) September 5, 2020
Don’t rate him at all, never have done, he’s a liability
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) September 5, 2020
He is beyond dreadful isn’t he
— MCGUIRE (@Andymcguire4) September 5, 2020
That is embarrassing! He’s not good enough for Sunday league
— Thomas Steed (@tsteed97) September 5, 2020
A couple of Leeds fans even urged for the club to sell him, with one supporter calling for the Whites to “tear the contract up”.
Kiko is shocking. Tear the contract up
— Tom Button (@TomButtonmoon) September 5, 2020
Please leave my club #LUFC pic.twitter.com/kAkXoLyBms
— Dave ➐ (@DAVIDLUFC_) September 5, 2020
With Leeds also reported to be interested in Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, it feels like Casilla’s time as first-choice shot-stopper at Elland Road is coming to an end.
His howler against Pacos has definitely not done him any favours with Bielsa looking on, and it’s difficult to see past Meslier starting the opening fixture against Liverpool in the Premier League.
And judging by the reaction of some of these Leeds fans, there won’t be too many tears shed at Casilla’s era being over.
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