MOT View: Leeds have enough in reserve even if they are denied emergency loan
Leeds have the best defensive record in the entire EFL this season, with just nine goals conceded, and the improvement from keeper Kiko Casilla is a big part of this.
The Spaniard ended last season with the fans on his back after a huge mistake against Derby County contributed to Leeds tumbling from the play-offs.
Those mistakes have disappeared but there is trouble on the horizon.
Casilla is currently facing an FA charge for alleged racist comments against Charlton forward Jonathan Leko. He has until November 27 to respond.
Should he be found guilty, Casilla would be banned for a minimum of six games and Leeds would be left with two young goalkeepers in Illan Meslier and Kamil Miazek, neither of whom has played for the Leeds first-team yet.
If a ban happens after the January window opens, Leeds could sign a replacement either on a permanent deal or loan.
However, Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has stated that Leeds would not be permitted to bring in a keeper outside of the window.
He claims that because Illan Meslier has professional experience in Ligue 2, he constitutes a replacement and Leeds wouldn’t be eligible for an emergency loan.
Leeds look like they’re angling for time with the Casilla case. They’ve been granted an extension until November 27 to respond to the charge and could appeal, which would push the case back even further.
If Casilla is banned in December, we think Meslier has what it takes to step up. If the case gets pushed back until January, we believe Leeds will sign a new keeper.