Exclusive: Paul Robinson reveals whether Leeds must drop Casilla after disastrous run of form
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Paul Robinson has said that Marcelo Bielsa should stick with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, despite a terrible run of form.
Casilla came in for criticism after the 2-0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday after he conceded the first goal on his near post.
Leeds stats supremo Jos Hobbs has pointed out that Casilla has now conceded 76.47% of the shots on target he’s faced in the last six games – something he described as “disastrous”.
Leeds haven’t won a game in the last six in the league.
For those wondering – Kiko Casilla has conceded 76.47% of the shots on target he’s faced in the last 6 games. Disastrous. #lufc
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) January 11, 2020
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I don’t think there’s anyone behind Casilla that can step in.
“If you had someone who is able to step up and play then it would be different but at the moment it would be a huge risk to drop him – I personally wouldn’t.
“Meslier played very well against Arsenal, but that was his first chance in the side and the first opportunity we got to truly see him.
“I’ve seen him a couple of times, I like him, his distribution is excellent, he’s a good shot-stopper, but I don’t think it’s the time to take chances on untried and untested players.”
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that there is a “high level” of confidence behind the scenes about Meslier after his display against Arsenal.
That’s led to Leeds shifting their transfer policy away from getting an experienced back-up in this January, with 18-year-old Elia Caprile from Chievo set to join and hook up with the Under-23s.
However, dropping Casilla would be a different matter and would be a high-risk move at this stage in the season.
We expect to see him line-up against QPR on Saturday.
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