The goalkeeping situation at Leeds United could be one to keep an eye on this summer.
For much of this season, Kiko Casilla was Marcelo Bielsa’s number one, but his current ban has opened the door for loanee Ilan Meslier, and there has been some talk of him potentially leaving Elland Road this summer, as per Football Insider.
And one man who could fit that bill if Casilla leaves is Joe Hart.
According to Football Insider, the 33-year-old would even be willing to take a pay cut to facilitate a move to Elland Road this summer.
The former England number one’s current employers Burnley have confirmed that he will be leaving at the end of the month, as per Daily Mail reporter Jack Gaughan.
Now that he’s set to become a free agent, you would assume that any potential move for Hart would be massively simplified.
But should Leeds push ahead with a swoop, or should they prioritise keeping hold of Casilla?
We all know that Hart has had his issues with form in recent years, and there’s a reason why he’s gone from England number one to Burnley third choice.
Last season, for instance, he conceded 1.79 goals per game compared to the 0.88 Casilla has let in this term, as per Wyscout.
Similarly, he makes an average of just 4.55 short passes per game, whereas the Spaniard makes 16.73.
Playing out from the back is a central trait of Bielsa’s style of play, and let’s not forget, Hart was axed by the Argentine’s biggest admirer Pep Guardiola at Manchester City because he was deemed to be too poor with the ball at his feet.
As such, there’s a very strong argument to be made for him being a worse shot stopper and a worse ball player than Casilla.
With that in mind, it would make no sense to sign him.
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