Phil Hay has been discussing the future of Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla during his recent ‘mailbag’ entry for The Athletic, in which he responds to the questions put to him by some of the club’s supporters.
Casilla arrived at Elland Road back in January 2019 on a free transfer from Spanish giants Real Madrid (as per Transfermarkt.co.uk). The 33-year-old made 36 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side during the 2019/20 Championship season, keeping 15 clean sheets, however, he was banned for eight matches and handed a £60,000 fine after he was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton Athletic’s Jonathan Leko back in September 2019.
During the player’s ban, Illan Meslier stepped up and has since joined the Whites on a permanent deal, understandably causing some doubt as to whether or not Casilla will come back into the side next season as the club’s number-one goalkeeper.
When asked about Casilla’s future, his chances of being reinstated as the club’s number one and if the Whites were in the market for another goalkeeper, Hay responded:
‘We’re waiting to find out with Casilla. It was interesting that Bielsa decided to use him at Derby because it suggested that, in his mind, Casilla is not necessarily done. But I still think there’s a chance he’ll go. Casilla’s reputation has taken a big hit in England. I know that Leeds have long been interested in Emiliano Martinez, but sadly he’s flavour of the month at Arsenal. They’ve also looked at Angus Gunn before and that was a name which cropped up again last week. Whatever happens, there’s a very good chance Illan Meslier will start as No 1.’
In your view, does Kiko Casilla have a future at Leeds?
Judging by Hay’s comments, it appears the number-one spot at Leeds is very much still up for grabs. Casilla’s contract in Yorkshire is due to run until June 2023 and taking all of the above into consideration, we cannot be sure whether or not the Spaniard’s time in England is coming towards an end.