With Illan Meslier ill, Kiko Casilla got his first-ever start in the Premier League for Leeds United against Brighton last Saturday.

He didn’t keep a clean sheet but he put in a pretty decent performance – certainly, one that was better than most fans were expecting.

However, Athletic journalist Phil Hay wrote afterwards that too much has happened with Casilla for him to have a way back at the club.

That’s certainly the opinion of many Leeds fans, with the anti-Casilla sentiment divided into two groups – those that think the club should have acted decisively after his ban for racist abuse last season, and those who are judging him solely on his ability.

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There are some who sit somewhere in the middle of the Casilla Venn diagram, acknowledging that he’s put in some good performances for Leeds, while also agreeing with Hay that Casilla’s time at Leeds is all just part of a slow end for the Spanish keeper.

However, at the moment, Casilla is the only senior back-up if anything happens to Meslier – and he’s got the support of Marcelo Bielsa.

With Meslier ill, and speculation being that he tested positive for COVID, Casilla stepped in against Brighton, but that could be his last involvement for now.

Leeds’ game this week against Southampton was postponed and the next game is against Newcastle a week on Tuesday.

That could see Meslier back and that’s what these fans are hoping.

However, Leeds are an injury away from a bit of a mini-crisis, with Casilla taking the gloves with a huge spotlight shining on him and most fans against him.

Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans to Hay’s comments on Casilla…

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