Paul Robinson: Kiko Casilla has been 'Huge drain' on Leeds United
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Paul Robinson is delighted to see the back of Kiko Casilla after Leeds United loaned the underperforming goalkeeper out to Elche this week.
On Monday, the Whites confirmed on their official Twitter account that Casilla, 34, has joined up with the La Liga outfit for the entire 2021/22 season.
Casilla’s spell at Elland Road has been fraught with issues, including a ban for racially abusing Jonathan Leko as well as a series of costly blunders and woeful performances.
Ex-Leeds goalkeeper Robinson is glad to see the back of Casilla, claiming that a lot of money has been wasted on the Spanish shot-stopper.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about Casilla’s move to Elche, Robinson said: “I think after the troubles he had off the field after the Charlton game, his performances haven’t been good enough when he’s been given the opportunity.
“He was a huge drain on the wage bill and it’s a good move by the club to get him off that wage bill.
“They are still paying some of his wages, unfortunately, but it frees up some money and it also allows them to strengthen an area they need to.
“He proved that when he played, he wasn’t good enough.”
Casilla’s loan exit has sparked a hunt for a replacement at Elland Road.
As it stands, Illan Meslier will still be the number one choice goalkeeper for next season with Elia Caprile likely to have been promoted to second-choice with Casilla gone.
However, 19-year-old Caprile is very inexperienced and is unlikely to provide much competition for Meslier.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Victor Orta has identified Levante’s Dani Cardenas, Valerenga’s Kristoffer Klaesson and Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman as possible replacements.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made an approach to sign this £6.4million central midfielder.