Kiko Casilla’s form for Leeds United has been a huge talking point this season with the goalkeeper making a catalogue of errors.
Even last season, the 33-year-old was costing Leeds goals with his erratic goalkeeping, so fans knew what to expect from him in his first full campaign at Elland Road.
However no one expected him to be the liability he has been at times this term and that all came to a head midweek in the draw against Brentford.
Casilla failed to control a backpass by Liam Cooper as Leeds passed the ball around the back, only for Said Benrahma to pounce upon the loose ball and score.
There’s a good chance that if Casilla did not mess up, Leeds would have won at Griffin Park.
Of course, the Whites finally bounced back to winning ways on Saturday as Casilla kept an overdue clean sheet – his first in 11 matches – with a 1-0 victory against Bristol City at Elland Road.
And in that match, it appeared as though Marcelo Bielsa made a tactical tweak due to the out-of-form Spaniard.
Leeds like to pass the ball around their defence. According to stats by WhoScored, Leeds’ Liam Cooper, Ben White, Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips all appear in the Championship’s top-ten players for average passes per game.
Leeds also have the highest average possession of any team in the league [60.3%] and Casilla averaged 29.6 passes per appearance.
However on Saturday, Casilla only attempted a total of 16 passes – his second-lowest total all season in the league [WhoScored].
Did Bielsa tell the defenders to stop passing to Casilla as often out of fear of him messing up as he did at Griffin Park?
There’s a good chance that he might have tried to take the pressure off the Spaniard by doing that and fair play to the Argentine because it worked and Casilla finally kept a confidence-boosting clean sheet against the Robins.
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