By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

18th Jan, 2020 | 10:00am

Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims struggling Leeds first-team star may have one thing on his mind

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that Kiko Casilla is in a real slump and that the impending FA Hearing could be on his mind. 

Casilla has made a number of mistakes in recent games and conceded 76% of the shots on target in the last six games – Leeds haven’t won any of them.

He was beaten at his near post late on in the game against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday and effectively cost his side a point.

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that his FA hearing, on a charge of racist abuse, is likely to be heard in February and Robinson thinks this could be playing on his mind.

He said the goalkeeper would need a big game against QPR today but added that, at the moment, Marcelo Bielsa should carry on playing him.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Kiko hasn’t played very well in the last few weeks and the FA hearing could be on his mind.

“I’ve given him a lot of credit this year for how he’s worked on his game, the way he’s improved, but he’s in a real dip again at the moment. That could be on his mind.

“However, if the manager still sees him as his number one then there’s no reason to play Meslier at all, because you don’t know the result of the hearing.

“You could play Meslier and lose points between now and the hearing only for Casilla to be found not guilty. It would be nonsensical.

“If the hearing is in February then Casilla has to play. When your confidence is low it’s difficult. Let’s not forget that he’s made some really important saves earlier in the season but he’s in a slump. He needs a good game against QPR.”

Leeds play QPR in the early kick-off today in need of a win.

They’ll be looking to put a terrible record in London behind them and increase the gap back to third-placed Fulham.

Fulham won last night and the gap is now just four points after Leeds’ recent run without a win.

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