Exclusive: Paul Robinson - Should Casilla be dropped for Meslier v Forest?
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…
Many Leeds United fans want to see Kiko Casilla dropped for the game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday and Illan Meslier played instead.
However, one man that has more of an informed opinion that almost anyone else thinks that Marcelo Bielsa must stick with Casilla.
Paul Robinson admits that Casilla is in a slump but thinks that he’s the number one at Leeds and that it’s important he finds his level again.
Meslier has only played one senior game for Leeds, against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January, but he impressed massively.
Casilla’s stats are damning.
Ahead of the Cardiff game, the keeper had an 82.5% save ratio. After the Cardiff game, which Leeds ended drawing 3-3 after being 3-0 up, that has dropped to 44.8%.
However, Robinson isn’t impressed by keeper stats and thinks Casilla will play against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
“I don’t like stats like that because six of them might be screamers into the top corner,” Robinson said exclusively to MOT Leeds News.
“I don’t trust goalkeeper stats but his performances actually do back those numbers up.
“He’s not played as well as he was at the start of the season. He’s having a dip, no doubt about it.
“Maybe he’s being affected by the impending trial. But he’s the number one at Leeds and he needs to get back to the level he was at before the Cardiff game.”
Casilla is still waiting to have his case heard for racist abuse by the FA.
It is expected to be heard this month and the outcome would be a minimum three-game ban if he was found guilty.
That would see Meslier step up to take the gloves. In the meantime, it looks like Bielsa will keep the faith with the former Real Madrid stopper.
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