Kiko Casilla is “likely” to leave Leeds United this summer, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.
The Spaniard has found himself displaced by French loanee Illan Meslier as he continues to serve an eight-game ban for racially abusing Charlton Athletic loanee Johnathan Leko.
A recent report from the Mirror suggested that the Whites are keen on signing Meslier on a permanent deal if they do secure promotion in the next few weeks.
And with the 20-year-old impressing during his stint as number one, Smyth has suggested that Casilla’s time at Elland Road might be running out.
Writing in a Q&A for the YEP, he said: “I cannot see Meslier being displaced by Casilla at such a delicate point in the season.
“It would surprise me greatly, not just because Meslier has been solid enough, but because of the baggage now attached to the Spaniard.
“Bielsa said on Saturday that Leeds pay dearly for every distraction and that, I believe, is what Casilla would be given the events of this season.
“I think a summer move is likely.”
We’re inclined to agree with Smyth on this one.
A comparison between Meslier and Casilla shows that the youngster has conceded just 0.56 goals per game compared to Casilla’s 0.88 this season, as per Wyscout.
He has also made more saves per game, as well as making a higher percentage of saves that require reflexes.
It’s hard to see how or why Marcelo Bielsa would look to drop in him bearing in mind his solid form, and if Casilla isn’t starting every week, he looks like a very costly benchwarmer.
That’s a point that has also been made by The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who stated recently that he believes there is a “very strong likelihood” Casilla will leave.
All signs point to a summer exit.
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