Leeds United have earned a lot of plaudits for their efforts in the transfer window since winning promotion to the Premier League.
Spain internationals Rodrigo and Diego Llorente have been brought in, with the former arriving in a club-record deal. Germany’s Robin Koch has also strengthened the defence and on deadline day, a £17million swoop for Brazilian winger Raphinha was completed.
Marcelo Bielsa’s squad is looking a lot stronger now than it was a couple of months ago, even though there’s no Ben White.
However, one thing really doesn’t sit right with us after the international transfer window closed on Monday night – and it’s not Leeds’ failure to re-sign White after his brilliant loan spell at Elland Road in the Championship.
How on earth is Kiko Casilla still a Leeds player?
Not only was the 34-year-old an absolute liability at times in the Championship, the fact that he was banned for racially abusing a fellow professional last season appears to have been completely swept under the carpet at Elland Road.
Leeds’ stance on Casilla has been truly bizarre and, at times, downright disappointing.
This is someone who still refuses to acknowledge what he did. In July, the Spanish goalkeeper told Mundo Deportivo: “I have a clear conscience because I did nothing wrong but I am somewhere else, perhaps more helpless than if I were in Spain.”
He added: “It was not pleasant to go to some stadiums and hear that they call you anything but handsome.”
Casilla made himself out to be the victim in that interview, yet if you fast-forward to September 16, Bielsa named the 34-year-old in his starting line-up against Hull City and handed him the captain’s armband.
We love Bielsa, but that was massively disappointing by him.
Jonathan Leko was racially abused by Casilla over a year ago yet Casilla is still earning a good wage at Elland Road, is still being used in the first-team and is being handed the massive role of being captain in certain matches.
The fact he hasn’t been sold, loaned out or released has left us completely dismayed.
Now that the international transfer window has passed, we cannot see either of those things happening because what English club would want to sign Casilla?
Releasing him remains a possibility but the Whites don’t have as many potential replacements available now as they did on Monday.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has detailed Bielsa’s stance on Rodrigo De Paul.