Leeds United are closely monitoring a Premier League goalkeeper with doubts surrounding Kiko Casilla’s future, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Casilla, 33, has been very inconsistent during his time at Elland Road and once the Championship season resumes, he is set to miss six more games due being suspended for racially abusing Jonathan Leko.
Leeds have stood by Casilla, who maintains his innocence, since the incident at The Valley in September but Hay has tipped the Spaniard to leave Elland Road ahead of next season.
The ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist also adds that he’s heard that Leeds are hot on the heels of a Premier League goalkeeper.
“My gut feeling is that they’ll replace Casilla,” wrote Hay in a live Q&A session on The Athletic website. “I’m not sure he’d be that keen to stay himself after what’s gone on in the past six months.
“I was told today (Thursday) of a Premier League keeper who Leeds are looking at closely. Need to check it out a bit more but I strongly suspect they’ll be on the look-out – as well as taking [Illan] Meslier permanently.”
It will be interesting to know who the goalkeeper is and once Hay has dug a little deeper, we expect him to reveal a name but we hope it is someone who is a major improvement upon Casilla.
The 33-year-old has been so dodgy since his stinker against Derby in the play-offs last season.
He might have loads of clean sheets but that is largely down to the defence in front of him rather than his actual shot-stopping ability, which is decent but he is so prone to errors it is not worth having him just for that.
And then you have the racism incident from September.
Leeds have backed Casilla and no matter what you think of it, the ex-Real Madrid man might not be ready for the backlash he receives from fans if he ever plays in England again.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared a major update on the Championship season.