I think he’s a bit guilty of being lost in the moment here.
Leeds United suffered a devastating loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday, on the weekend, and given that he arguably could have done better for the visitor’s first goal, it led to some fans questioning the position of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, something that has very much got under the skin of former Leeds United man Danny Mills.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills came to the defence of the Spaniard, saying that fans need to just calm down a little bit when it comes to their decision on who should or shouldn’t be in the team on a regular basis:
“Yeah, he is undoubtedly a fabulous goalkeeper. Of course goalkeepers make mistakes, Hugo Lloris, David De Gea they all make mistakes from time to time, but when goalkeepers make mistakes, it’s very prevalent that they’ve made that mistake. More often than not it’s a goal, simple as that, it’s how it is, you have to accept that and deal with that. But yeah I do think people are a little bit quick, a little bit harsh, to jump on that bandwagon and go ‘he’s not all that and we need a replacement’ and all that type of thing.”
The thing is though, this isn’t just a knee-jerk reaction like Mills is suggesting.
This is something that has been holding Leeds United back for some time, even going back to his error in the playoffs last season, and has cost Leeds games during this season as well, something that some sections of the fan base are all too aware of.
These calls, particularly by me it has to be said, aren’t just based off of one game, it’s something that has been hanging over Leeds all season, and has certainly played a part in us not running away with the league at this point.
How would you rate Casilla's efforts so far this season?
Best player in the squad
Far better than last term
Still room to improve
Has to do a lot better
And until he shows signs that he doesn’t have that error in him on a consistent basis, it’s still going to be something that could end up blowing up in our faces come the end of the season.