Beckford blasts 'out of form' Leeds player who he wants to see dropped from Bielsa XI
Jermaine Beckford has slammed the form of Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after his blunder at Brentford on Tuesday night.
Said Benrahma scored possibly the easiest goal of his career when Casilla, 33, miscontrolled the ball at the back and allowed the Bees forward a simple chance to score.
Liam Cooper’s goal spared Casilla’s blushes as the game ended 1-1 at Griffin Park but the Spaniard’s form in between the sticks has been a huge talking point since his error in the first half.
Marcelo Bielsa has started Casilla in every Championship match this season but ex-Leeds striker Beckford has admitted that the goalkeeper should be left out of the Argentine’s starting line-up to ensure complacency isn’t an issue for him.
When asked if Casilla should be dropped, Beckford told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so. Players should be playing on form and that’s something I’m a firm believer in.
“That mistake could have happened to anyone but if you look at the last six or seven games he has been well out of form.
“Maybe a little bit of complacency has snuck in because he got used to playing week in, week out regardless of whether he is pushing himself to the limit.”
Illan Meslier is Leeds’ second-choice goalkeeper but he has only made one appearance for the Whites since joining on loan from Lorient in the summer.
However the 19-year-old impressed in that one appearance when Leeds lost 1-0 against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Meslier made some good saves and seemed decent with the ball at his feet so why should he not be trusted to replace Casilla for a game or two?
We shouldn’t question Bielsa’s methods too much – look at where he has gotten Leeds since taking charge. However the fact that he barely ever rotates his starting line-up has a lot of flaws, with injuries and complacency being among them.
Casilla does not seem complacent because there were issues with his performances last season too.
He just doesn’t seem good enough.
In other Leeds United news, fans are saying the same thing about Jean-Kevin Augustin’s display for Leeds in their draw with Brentford.