11 December 2019 10:36
Kiko Casilla played a key role in Leeds United's win. Kiko Casilla kept another clean sheet as Leeds United recorded a seventh straight win. The victory keeps the pressure on West Brom and continues to put Marcelo Bielsa's side in a great position to win automatic promotion. Casilla was magnificent for Leeds and is getting better as the season goes on. This performance showed why he would be such a loss to the club if he picks up a suspension.
BBC Sport report Casilla has denied using a racial slur towards an opponent against Charlton earlier this season, but for now this is hanging over him. The worst case scenario is that he ends up with a ban. Leeds have back-up goalkeeper Ilan Meslier, but the young loanee has never played a Championship game. He's talent, yet it's a risk to just assume he will be up to standard. It will be hard for him to reach Casilla's level.
Casilla made a magnificent save late in the game with the score at 1-0, before Leeds went up the other end and scored a second. It highlighted how important he is, and how much of a loss he will be if he misses time. Danny Mills has claimed Kiko Casilla gives him "heart palpitations" despite his outstanding Leeds United record this season. Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Elland Road defender explained that Casilla's risk-taking style in goal does worry him even though he fits in "perfectly" to the team moulded by Marcelo Bielsa. The Spaniard kept his fourth consecutive clean sheet as Leeds beat Hull City 2-0 at Elland Road last night to secure a seventh Championship win in a row. It lifted Bielsa's side back to the top of the division and 11 points clear of Fulham, who are in third place. Casilla has conceded just 10 goals from Leeds' 21 league matches this season and only three during their unbeaten 10-game run that has made them hot favourites for automatic promotion. Asked about Casilla, Mills told Football Insider: "Occasionally there are one or two issues and he does give you heart palpitations from time to time." "But the style Leeds and Bielsa want to play, he fits in perfectly. Also defensively they've been exceptional this season." Casilla has been the undisputed number one at Elland Road since signing in January from Real Madrid. He joined on a free transfer but Leeds bought out his contract at the Spanish giants and handed him a deal that made him their best-paid player. The Spaniard could still be faced with a lengthy ban after being charged by the Football Association for racially abuse against Charlton Athletic in September. In the latest Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED there has been a major Ben White transfer development.