Marcelo Bielsa answers when asked if Kiko Casilla has played final game for Leeds
Marcelo Bielsa was uncertain when asked if Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla had played his final game for the club.
The Spaniard was handed an eight-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko in the 1-0 defeat back in September.
That ban will finish in April, but with Illan Meslier having impressed on his league debut in the 4-0 win at Hull many have doubted whether Casilla would come back in.
BBC journalist Adam Pope revealed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that after asking Bielsa if Casilla would feature again, he left it in the hands of the club.
“I don’t know the club’s position,” he said.
That would suggest that whether Casilla features again will be down to the likes of Andrea Radrizzani behind-the-scenes at Elland Road.
Casilla strongly denied the charges against in him a statement after the ban was announced, but that counts for little as he is forced to sit out seven more matches.
Bielsa is known for his level of support that he offers his players and proved that by standing by Casilla once fans started to ask for Meslier to come in.
The Frenchman replaced his teammates in different circumstances to just form and definitely proved himself capable of performing in the Championship.
Meslier kept a clean-sheet and even managed to complete more successful passes than any Hull City player in that 4-0 victory, as he proved himself in each department expected by Bielsa.
Only time will tell for Casilla, but we expect Meslier to keep his spot until the end of the season should he continue to impress in the next couple of months.
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