After months of waiting, it looks like we might finally get our answer, then we can hopefully put the whole thing behind us.
With reports coming in that Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is set to learn ‘his fate’ over his alleged racial abuse of Charlton Athletic player Jonathan Leko later this week. If he is found guilty of racially abusing Leko then he is set to be suspended for a minimum of six games.
Then we will finally be given the chance to see Illan Meslier given a long spell in the first-team. Having done such an impressive job, at least in the eyes of the fans against Arsenal at the beginning of the year, it will be interesting to see what he can bring to the team for a longer stretch, if indeed he is required.
And former Leeds United player Danny Mills, speaking to Football Insider is confident that the 19-year-old might be able to do a better job, at least when it comes to his defensive duties than Casilla does:
“Casilla has made a couple of mistakes of late. There was talk of whether he could be left out of the side. Obviously Bielsa made that statement quite early on. The second keeper can be given a chance to shine. Everyone needs an opportunity somewhere down the line and he might just make a couple of saves that make the difference. I am not sure if he will take the risks and play the balls Casilla does at times but he may bring more solidity.”
You could make the argument that this hearing with the F.A has come at the perfect time for both parties. After the numerous errors that Casilla has made in recent weeks, this will be a chance for him to sit back and reset himself, learn from his mistakes and hopefully come back a better player.
And for Meslier, given that he’s only with the club on loan for a season, this is the perfect time for him to show us what he can offer the team for a sustained period rather than just one game, and maybe earn himself a permanent deal come the summer.
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So even though it’s not come about in the most ideal of circumstances, when it comes to on the pitch matters at least, you could make the argument that it’s a win-win for the club, even if it comes with a bit of a dark stain off it.