It’s almost as if the universe is trying to tell Marcelo Bielsa something.
First, there is the large amount of criticism that is coming his way from the supporters, then we have the court case that could leave him out of the squad for a while, and now this little bit of news. Could there be any bigger sign from the footballing gods that they want Kiko Casilla to be dropped from the team? Perhaps they just want to see Illan Meslier get more of a run out?
Will Meslier be our starting goalkeeper next year?
Speaking ahead of tonight’s game with Middlesbrough in the Championship, Bielsa gave an update on the Spanish goalkeeper after he picked up an injury to his finger in the victory over Reading at the weekend, but didn’t say for sure whether or not he’d be able to play through the pain:
“Kiko has a problem with his hand, there is inflammation from a kick. Maybe he will play, that depends on the pain.”
Many Leeds fans greeted this news with great joy, as they rushed to Twitter to do one of two things. Either laugh at Casilla, some in a very creative way, or to use it as a chance to beg for Meslier to be given another chance in goal.
Just play Kiko’s torso, see how that goes
— Gabriel (@bethgabriel_) February 25, 2020
— Kez Ragan (@kez_ragan) February 25, 2020
Kiko not playing, not a great loss
— Colin Gray (@colinjfgray) February 25, 2020
Why play kkko if he isn’t 100% fit what’s the point I. Risking further injury or more serious injury
— Bethany Kelly (@bethkellylufc) February 25, 2020
Meslier would be best option!
— Elbe (@CuriousCrowArt) February 25, 2020
Been telling you hes got hand problems for months
— Ben Bowden (@BenBowden) February 25, 2020
— Muz (@muzlaaaaa) February 25, 2020
Playing an out of form goalkeeper with a hand injury doesn’t make sense
— Jack Hayes (@Hazy42) February 25, 2020
Guess we’ll find out tonight just how bad the injury really was.