Well, this is all nice and lovely to hear isn’t it?
Although there’s something in the back of my mind that says he’s just giving ‘the diplomatic answer’ here, but that’s just my view.
In stark contrast to what the fans have been saying, it looks as if Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has got the backing of his teammates in the dressing room. Speaking in the aftermath of United’s win over Bristol City on Saturday, captain Liam Cooper talked about the performance the Spaniard put in and gave an insight into the tight bond that the players have in the dressing room, especially after players make mistakes:
“He’s come in for a bit of stick but he’s a confident lad. That clean sheet was for him today. He deserves it. He never changes the way he plays and he’s a great lad. We’re absolutely buzzing for him. We do our jobs and stick together through thick and thin. We’re an honest bunch and if one messes up, another one will bail him out. That’s the way it’s got to be.”
Marcelo Bielsa has pointed out in the past that he has full faith in Casilla despite his catalogue of errors throughout the season, and I suppose it’s good to hear that players and the head coach have each other’s backs in all of this. But at the same time, there has to come a point where players have to confront them on what’s going on.
Otherwise, this sort of behaviour is going to be deemed as ‘acceptable’ and players will be allowed to get away with it. If someone starts slacking off, it’s OK to tell them that what they’re doing isn’t acceptable and has to change.
But if these errors keep cropping up and nothing is being done to get try and stamp them out, then the whole team are to blame on this one, rather than just Bielsa for not making the call.
Should the club be looking to sign Meslier in the summer?
What about you? Do you think that it’s right that Cooper and the rest of team show support for Casilla when he’s making so many mistakes? Or do you think that there needs to be a little bit more accountability given to players in the dressing room to make them up their game?