Date: 14th February 2020 at 7:00pm
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Lots of Leeds United fans have been left questioning Marcelo Bielsa on social media after the boss claimed that Kiko Casilla still has his backing and the support of his teammates.

Casilla’s place in goal has been put under serious doubt following the Spaniard’s recent performances, which have seen United concede 17 times in our last ten Championship fixtures.

The former Real Madrid shot-stopper has not kept the opposition at bay since our 2-0 victory at home to Hull City on December 10, when he recorded his 12th clean sheet of the league season which remains a second-tier high total.

The type of goals that Casilla has allowed in recent weeks have also caused much uproar in West Yorkshire, particularly when he allowed Said Benrahma to open the scoring for Brentford during the week by misjudging the roll of the ball following Liam Cooper’s backpass.

Former Whites striker Noel Whelan even lambasted the one-time Spain international earlier in the month, dubbing Casilla as “an accident waiting to happen“, after an error-strewn display against Nottingham Forest.

Bielsa, though, has moved to reaffirm his backing of Casilla – at least for the time being – and stated that the ‘keeper still has the support of his teammates.

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“I don’t support Kiko, I support the team,” the boss said, via quotes by Leeds Live. “If supporting Kiko is supporting the team, I support Kiko. If I support Kiko, but damage the team, I will not support Kiko.

“Kiko keep the confidence in himself, he keep the confidence of his teammates.”

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bielsa’s public backing of Casilla ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bristol City…

In other Leeds United news, the club are eying a 9-goal striker, valued at €4m, ahead of the summer market.

 
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