The movement is really starting to grow now, and I don’t think it’s going to stop any time soon.
And when you’ve got someone like Phil Hay, someone who has lived and breathed Leeds United for over a decade coming onto your side of the argument, you know that we may very well have reached a breaking point.
A lot of talk coming out of the loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday night concerns the future of goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, whose error gave the home side the lead in the first half, with many fans calling for the Spaniard to be dropped.
Now Hay is calling for the same. Speaking during a Q&A for The Athletic after the game, he believed that the time has come to make a change and promote Illan Meslier to the number one job:
“It [Casilla’s place in goal] has to be under threat. I said last week that the best performance in goal recently came from Meslier at Arsenal. Casilla is making too many errors and costing too many points. I take Bielsa’s point that playing in this Leeds team isn’t easy but there have to be consequences for bad mistakes. Casilla looks like he could do with being taken out the firing line.”
Even if it is just for a couple of weeks so that Casilla can ‘get his head right’ as it were, something has to be done about the position or our slide down the table is just going to continue. I said early on in the season that Casilla was a ticking time bomb, and it looks as if he might finally have gone off at a very crucial time of the campaign.
At this stage, you really don’t have anything to lose from giving Meslier a run in the team, because he can’t possibly be as bad and as error-prone as Casilla has proven to be throughout the season.
Has time finally run out for Kiko?
Even if his performances are 1% better than what Casilla brings to the table, it’s still an improvement. And if Bielsa isn’t going to change his style of play to get the results, then he has to consider a change of personnel to get the results back on track.