Leeds United didn’t do much business in the January transfer window as Swansea City refused to answer the phone with Daniel James in the building ready to conclude his deal, but the capture of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was quite a coup.
The experienced Spaniard almost immediately took his place in the first team and manager Marcelo Bielsa hasn’t looked back on that decision unless he’s been forced into bringing Bailey Peacock-Farrell back into the fray, but with another dodgy performance against Ipswich Town last weekend as we brought the 2018/19 regular Championship to a close, Casilla’s performances have come more under a microscope and respected Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay had his say on the stopper in the latest Inside Elland Road podcast.
Speaking about the goalkeeper, whilst Hay admitted he’d put in some fine performances between the sticks for us, his moments of madness have cost us and it means really that we haven’t benefited from the transfer as much as we should’ve done given BPF’s form earlier in the season.
“He hasn’t been the sensational signing that he should have been, although that’s not to say that he’s been particularly poor either. It just doesn’t really feel that the tactical change, him in for BPF, has made the difference it should have done. We’ve seen some world-class saves from him but the misjudgements on Sunday, it’s not the first time we’ve seen that. He’s a goalie that likes to come out of his box…but there is a tendency on his part to come a long way out of his box. The challenge on Colin Quaner in the first-half was so misjudged we couldn’t believe he was doing it. I don’t think it warranted a red card but Ipswich scored from it and it didn’t say a lot about his judgement.”
It’s a fair point from Hay and plenty of fans will agree, but such is the life of goalkeepers that when they do misjudge something it certainly stands out.