By Craig Scott

25th Jul, 2019 | 1:57pm

Sevilla eye Leeds shot-stopper Casilla

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is a wanted man just six months after joining the Yorkshire giants from Real Madrid.

Casilla, 32, signed a long-term four-and-a-half-year deal when he joined the Whites but it seems as though his spell in English football could come to a premature end amid reported interest from La Liga.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Sevilla are in the hunt to sign Casilla as they aim to sign a new goalkeeper with experience in Spain’s top-flight and wouldn’t cost much money.

Although it remains to be seen what kind of fee Leeds would demand for the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, it might not be too high based on his relatively underwhelming performances at Elland Road last season.

Casilla made 19 appearances for Leeds after he ousted Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Marcelo Bielsa’s starting line-up.

However in those 19 games he kept six clean sheets and conceded 22 goals.

Before Casilla was signed, Peacock-Farrell made 28 appearances in the Championship, conceded 32 goals and kept 10 clean sheets.

Peacock-Farrell, despite being a lot less experienced than Casilla, conceded 1.14 goals per league game whereas the Spaniard conceded 1.15 per game.

Also, according to stats by WhoScored, Casilla averaged 1.9 saves per Championship fixture and Peacock-Farrell averaged 2.0.

It is a small difference but did Casilla prove to be an improvement on Peacock-Farrell? No, he did not.

The 22-year-old Nothern Ireland international – with just 40 senior club appearances to his name – was marginally better than the one-time Spain international with 227 senior club appearances to his.

Peacock-Farrell was criticised for his performances before Casilla arrived but the Spaniard offered no improvement on the Leeds academy graduate and was the man who a lot of fans were blaming after his shocking display against Derby in the play-off semi-finals killed off the club’s dream of a return to the Premier League.

Sevilla are welcome to have Casilla and Leeds should look to get the £30,000-a-week [Football Insider] player off their wage bill so they can sign a cheaper replacement and potentially strengthen other areas of Bielsa’s small squad.