Former Leeds United goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has said that Kiko Casilla has blown his first-team chance and should leave the club and try and make a fresh start somewhere else.
Casilla was demoted to number two at the club after his ban for racist abuse last season and the subsequent rise of Illan Meslier has kept him on the sidelines.
He started in the FA Cup against Crawley but had a disastrous performance and was to blame directly for at least one of the goals.
Martyn thinks it would be better for club and player for him to move on.
Talking to LeedsUnited.News, Martyn said, “The first goal, I don’t know – he looks like he has dived over it, he didn’t have his hands in the right place. The second goal, he should be saving it.
“I’m concerned that he thinks he should be saving it with his feet, he should be looking to save it with his hands.
“His confidence is shot. If you have a bad performance in the one chance you get it is not positive. To leave is probably right for player and club.
“I always try and not be the person from the outside to slate someone, but he’s not been great, he’s not in the team, and there have been a few things that have happened. But it is probably better for him to start somewhere afresh.”
Problem could be here to stay
What to do about a problem like Casilla?
Under contract until 2023, it certainly won’t be easy to get rid of a keeper who isn’t playing and is commanding a salary of around £32k-a-week.
Leeds could have taken decisive action when Casilla was banned for racist abuse but that ship has sailed now, with the club supporting the keeper.
However, we imagine that if Leeds could get him off their books now and have £32k-a-week to bring in a new keeper, they’d jump at the chance.
There’s no confidence among fans about Casilla playing for the first-team and if anything happens to Meslier, that’s what will happen.
The pressure on Casilla won’t help and there’s no other senior option at the club.
It’s a problem and unfortunately one we can’t see an immediate way out of.
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