Speaking recently on a video posted on the Leeds United Live Facebook page, Joe Donnohue criticised Kiko Casilla’s recent performance against Crawley Town.
Having made just one appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s first team over the course of their 2020/21 campaign prior to the Crawley fixture, the Argentine manager placed his trust in Casilla for the FA Cup clash.
However, in the fixture, three second-half goals, one of which came as a direct result of the 34-year-old’s error, were enough to knock the Premier League side out of the competition, the same result as the ‘keepers last appearance for the club, a 3-0 loss to Hull City in the Carabao Cup.
And, speaking on a video recently published on Facebook by Leeds United Live, Donnohue took aim at the Spaniard for his performance in the defeat.
He said “I think the subs were a bit strange at half time, but you’ve got to expect better from your goalkeeper. You know, you’ve got to be saving those shots, you’ve got to be putting stronger hands and stronger wrists at the chances that come your way. And, ultimately, the game got away from us. It’s one less distraction, but yeah, it’s a disappointment.”
Do you think Leeds should move Casilla on?
TIF Thoughts on Joe Donnohue’s comments regarding Kiko Casilla…
In our opinion, there are a number of arguments that can be made as to why Leeds should do all they can to move the goalkeeper on in the current transfer window.
Firstly, considering how little he has featured for Bielsa’s side so far this season, his reported wages of £32,115 per week still rank him as the club’s sixth-highest earner, and, if Leeds were to sell the ‘keeper, is an amount of money that could easily be put towards a potential new signing’s salary.
Secondly, last season, the 34-year-old was found to have racially abused Charlton striker Jonathan Leko, resulting in the Spaniard serving an eight-game ban.
And, finally, as Donnohue points out, the performances of the ‘keeper are simply do not hit the standards that Leeds now come to expect from their players.