Paul Robinson: Kiko Casilla not good enough for the Premier League
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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds United should move Kiko Casilla on in the summer, claiming the veteran keeper is just not good enough for the Premier League.
Casilla signed from Real Madrid but lost his place in the side after a series of clangers. The final straw came when he was banned for racist abuse last season.
Robinson claims that Illan Meslier has passed all the tests he’s been set this season but added that he needs a mentor behind him to keep pushing him forward.
Casilla was a big-money signing for Leeds and his £40,000-a-week wages put him right to the top of the club’s earners.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s time Kiko moved on. He’s just not good enough for the Premier League.
“Meslier has done extremely well and passed every test he’s been set so far but there will be more tests to come for him next season.
“When he has a dip in form, and he will, he needs an older, more reliable number two behind him who can step in if needed but also be a mentor figure.
“It’s a completely different role in the dressing room for a keeper, who’s away from the outfield players.
“Meslier needs someone who can mentor him and keep him on his toes and do his job as and when needed.”
Most Leeds fans wouldn’t be sorry to see Casilla go this summer and are fully behind Meslier.
A solid, experienced number two would be the way to go. Most fans wouldn’t trust Casilla to come in if Meslier was injured or suspended.
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