Leeds United do not appear to have any plans to sign a new goalkeeper before the January transfer window closes despite a shocking FA Cup display by number-two Kiko Casilla on Sunday.
BBC Radio Leeds journalist Adam Pope was asked on Twitter on Tuesday whether the Whites would be in the hunt to sign a new goalkeeper this month.
He responded by saying: “[To be honest], not expecting much in the window. Probs more 23s. [Sean] McGurk at Wigan is still mentioned.”
Tbh not expecting much in the window. Probs more 23s. McGurk at Wigan is still mentioned.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 12, 2021
Marcelo Bielsa has not been a fan of adding to his first-team squad in January while Leeds manager but in his very first winter transfer window at Elland Road, he signed Casilla to become his new first-choice shot-stopper in the Championship.
Do anything to get rid of Casilla
The ship sailed long ago when Leeds probably could have terminated Casilla’s contract when he was suspended for using racial language towards Jonathan Leko in September 2019.
Before he was hit with that suspension, Casilla had numerous shockers in goals for the Whites, especially in the 2019 play-off semi-final against Derby at Elland Road.
Casilla’s done way more bad than good in West Yorkshire – we just cannot believe that after everything that’s happened, Bielsa still starts him every now and then and has even handed him the captain’s armband to wear.
For all the good Bielsa has done with Leeds, his handling of Casilla after the racism incident has not been very good at all and the finger should be pointed at him when it comes to the Spaniard.
Illan Meslier has done ok in goals for Leeds in the Premier League so we’re not concerned about replacing him any time soon but it would be nice if the club could get rid of Casilla by any means possible.
Unfortunately, his contract doesn’t expire until 2023 so we’re not sure what Victor Orta was thinking when he signed the 34-year-old on such a long deal two years ago.
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