By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

13th Dec, 2019 | 2:57pm

Exclusive: 'He's the most improved' but Paul Robinson reveals on-pitch problem Casilla must sort

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 the most improved Leeds player this season, but that he still has an issue with depth perception for through balls. 

Casilla has helped Leeds keep 12 clean sheets in just 21 games this season. Leeds have only conceded 10 goals in the Championship, which is a stunning defensive record approaching Christmas.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’ve criticised him at times but Casilla is the most improved player in the team this season.

“I’ve spoken about the impact [Ben] White and [Kalvin] Phillips have made for Leeds, but Casilla has really grown into the Championship and improved.

“He used to have trouble with high balls, at times he still does. One issue he’s still got is that his depth perception for through balls is off.

“But I feel the way he has knuckled down and adapted his game… he made a save just before Leeds scored the other day, which was absolutely vital.”

Casilla is still playing under the shadow of an FA charge for using racist language in the Championship game against Charlton.

Casilla and Leeds have responded to the charges but the FA hasn’t announced a date for the hearing.

If found guilty, Casilla would face a minimum ban of six games, with Bielsa likely to turn to 19-year-old Illan Meslier.

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