'Wrong on both counts', 'Joke' – Many Leeds fans slam Bielsa after Phil Hay update
Leeds United fans and Marcelo Bielsa have enjoyed a love-in ever since the Argentine arrived at Elland Road but there’s a split building over one player – Kiko Casilla.
The fans have seen enough and most don’t want him playing again. Bielsa feels very differently.
Casilla got a rare start in the FA Cup against Crawley last week and put in a terrible performance that led directly to one goal.
His mistakes go back to the infamous play-off semi-final against Derby and beyond.
And, for some fans, it’s not just his howlers on the pitch. His ban for racist abuse last season lost him the gloves and lost him the support of a large part of the fan base.
However, in yesterday’s press conference, Bielsa mounted a very staunch defence of the Spanish keeper.
As relayed by Athletic journalist Phil Hay he said, “I fully trust in Kiko. I will do my utmost to help him.”
Bielsa went on to say that Casilla had been harshly treated and that fans ignore his track record with Real Madrid.
We also got a really vigorous defence of Casilla from Bielsa, and not for the first time. "I fully trust in Kiko. I will do my utmost to help him." Thinks people overlook his track record (Real Madrid etc) and feels Casilla has been harshly treated since serving his ban. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 14, 2021
It garnered a lot of reaction on Twitter and a lot of fans took issue with Bielsa about his admiration for Casilla.
Bielsa’s defence hints that Leeds aren’t going back in for another keeper in January and that means that Casilla will be the back-up if anything happens to Illan Meslier.
These fans aren’t happy about that and it’s the first time we’ve seen so many supporters disagree with Bielsa…
He couldn’t be anymore wrong about this. It’s not like he placed a football bet against the rules – he racially abused another football player and his defence was appalling. The fact he still gets paid and has a contract with the club says we haven’t treated him harshly enough
— Jack Prendergast (@prendss) January 14, 2021
I love Bielsa and never want him to leave the club but he's wrong on this one. The best thing for the club would be to move Kiko on asap
— Mike B (@mab_lufc) January 14, 2021
Very rare that I disagree with Bielsa, but he’s wrong on both counts. His track record does not buy him an easy ride when he’s made so many mistakes for us. And as for the racism conviction….
— Jon Cuthbert (@joncuthbert70) January 14, 2021
I love Bielsa but he’s only defending him out of pride. Casilla is a terrible Keeper.
— Isaac. (@IsaacCharlton) January 14, 2021
Bielsa is a great coach but also a stubborn naive man. Kiko is trash and has a portfolio of mistakes that backs it up.
— Dan (@xxxstarkiller) January 14, 2021
I love Marcelo but just don’t understand his loyalty to Kiko. The bloke has let him down so many times it’s crazy
— Ayrton Fontaine (@Tonesy95) January 14, 2021
Hate to disagree with Marcelo, but this… I entirely disagree with.
— Austin (@AustinLDN86) January 14, 2021
I'm bored of this and it's weighing quite heavily against MB now. It's ridiculous.
— Jack Dickinson (@jackdickinson10) January 14, 2021
— Matthew Bleakley (@ChicagoBearsMB) January 14, 2021
— Hrv1985 (@hrv1985) January 14, 2021
This is one of his blind spots, I’m afraid. And the club really should have taken the Casilla situation out of his hands and cut their losses when they had a perfect excuse to, last summer.
— Mark Hollings (@markydh) January 14, 2021
I respect Bielsa’s opinions but this time he’s wrong. It’s creating a divide in the fanbase. And the players playing with him look scared stiff, he should have gone at the end of the season. It’s still hanging over the club this
— BARNEY ©️🦚 (@BarneyLUFC21) January 14, 2021
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