'Get him out', 'World class' – Many Leeds fans split by performance of one player v West Brom
We said before the West Brom game that the Leeds defence was a concern and that keeping a clean sheet would be massive.
It didn’t take long for that to go, with West Brom scoring after just over a minute of the game thanks to some calamitous defending.
The ball was played into the box and Kiko Casilla punched it but got no distance. West Brom were then allowed two headers from close range before the ball was hooked into the net by Semi Ajayi.
You could throw a net and find a Leeds player to blame for the goal but it all started from a very unconvincing punch from Casilla, and after a strong start to the season he’s shown signs of nerves again recently.
He came in for a lot of stick from Leeds fans on Twitter, with one saying he should be dropped.
That might be enforced if he is found guilty of a charge of racist abuse that is due to be heard by the FA in the new year.
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However, after that mistake, Casilla showed the real goalkeeper that everyone knows is in there.
He made two world-class saves, one late on, that won the point for Leeds as much as the goal.
And the fans turned, showering Casilla with praise.
The two sets of tweets encapsulate perfectly the life of a keeper. Make one mistake and you’re drowned in abuse. But dig in and you can turn it round.
Casilla was 99% brilliant today. And we’ll forgive him his error.
Here are the negative reactions from Leeds fans after Casilla’s latest mistake…
When does Casilla get his ban? Could do with it sooner rather than later. #lufc
— Paul Cooper (@paulc_66) January 1, 2020
All you need to do to beat Leeds is lump it in the box. Our borrower sized defenders can’t hack it. And don’t get me started on Kiko 😡 #lufc
— Browney (@BrowneyBrowne) January 1, 2020
Get kiko out of the net & on his way. He is not a goal keeper. He doesn’t catch balls. He’s not a stop shotter. He can’t command his area. He can’t even do the basics. He’s shocking get him out #lufc
— dom hall (@hall_dom) January 1, 2020
I honestly thought Kiko had ironed the errors out. Could not have been more wrong. #lufc
— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) January 1, 2020
A year ago #lufc signed Kiko Casilla and I was excited about it. How thick am I.
— Josh Booth (@boothjosh93) January 1, 2020
Shocking, two games in a row kiko punches the ball straight back to an opposition player?? #LUFC
— LAM (@Louismcm111) January 1, 2020
Time to drop Kiko #lufc
— James G (@Jimbo_G_81) January 1, 2020
Kiko’s initial punch was absolutely pathetic and then the fact we could not head that thing away was just awful. Deserve to concede with defending like that. #lufc
— Alex Oldham (@alexanderoldham) January 1, 2020
@TheSquareBall Casilla beginning to cement his place in the worst #LUFC signings ever list… ☹️
— SanMiguelMalaga (@SanMiguelMalaga) January 1, 2020
And here are a selection of the ones that Casilla will want to read when he gets home tonight.
what a massive save by kiko #lufc
— Andy Tunstall (@TunnyMOT) January 1, 2020
FairPlay Kiko. #lufc
— Ruby (@Ruby_N11) January 1, 2020
— Lee Carter (@leecarter650) January 1, 2020
Kiko 😍 #LUFC
— Dean 🏆 (@Deanversion1) January 1, 2020
Casilla the man of the match today that save is world class and saved #lufc today from getting beat and 3 good saves after it…. Got to ask though if he has gone down at the end because it was a real injury or to waste time and see the game out 😀 https://t.co/Xn5akIVncF
— whiteandright Radrizzani Out Rafa In (@Lonewhite101) January 1, 2020
Our verdict? Well, some of the reactions are obviously over the top and tweeted in anger, but Casilla does infuriate.
When he’s good he’s the best keeper in the Championship. When he’s bad he’s horrible.
However, the goal can’t entirely be put at his door. Ben White has to take some of the blame too for not reacting to the different phases.
After the goal? Casilla was world-class.
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