So by the sounds of it, I wouldn’t hold your breath on any change at the position if I were you.
Despite all the attention that was placed on him after his error on the weekend, Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla couldn’t turn things around as he once again cost the team crucial points with his error in the first half against Brentford.
You’d think after the numerous errors he’s made throughout the campaign, and having now made two high-profile ones in consecutive big games, that it would be time for a change. Sadly, it doesn’t sound like that’s the case.
Speaking after the game, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa spoke about the goalkeeping situation, and threw his support behind the Spaniard, adding that he’ll also have the support of his teammates:
“I don’t think Kiko needs my words because I always support him with decisions. Because I know the human quality of the players of Leeds he [Kiko] will receive support from his team-mates and not a loss of confidence from them.”
Phil Hay would add further context to the debate by saying Bielsa has shown his confidence in Casilla by constantly picking him despite these errors, but even so, there has to come a breaking point in all of this.
And even if I may have seemed harsh on him earlier in the season, surely given the backlash that is coming his way from the fans, we must have reached the point of no return when it comes to him. As Hay put it so brilliantly last night, ‘if ever a player’s head has gone, this is it.’ If Bielsa doesn’t change things ahead of this weekend’s game against Bristol City, then he will really be pushing his ‘stubbornness’ which he’s become known for right to the limit.
Has Casilla played his last game for Leeds?
If he does so, fine. But don’t come crying to me when Leeds United fail to get promoted off the back of Bielsa continually playing those that are simply not up to the task. And don’t say that I didn’t warn you.