Leeds United tipped to offload experienced goalkeeper, says Graham Smyth


It could be a memorable season for Leeds United with promotion very much on the cards.

Level on points with 1st place West Brom, Marcelo Bielsa's side are eight points clear of the play-off position with just seven games to go.

The club are doing all that they can to prepare for next season and that includes targeting signings for the summer.

But while incomings are certainly the priority, there could also be a number of players heading for the exit door.

One of those is Kiko Casilla.

The experienced stopper hasn't featured for Leeds United since being found guilty of making racist remarks to Jonathan Leko earlier this season.

Since then, Illan Meslier has established himself as the club's number one goalkeeper, and with promotion to the Premier League on the cards, Graham Smyth of the Yorkshire Evening Post believes that the Spaniard has played his last games for Marcelo Bielsa's side.

Writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Smyth 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.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

I think the writing is on the wall as far as Kiko Casilla's Leeds United career is concerned.


After being found guilty of making racist remarks earlier this season, it's going to be very difficult to find his way back.

The UK are part of a global movement at the moment which is based on being actively anti-racist, and so if they were to offer Casilla a route back into the team then it could arguably send mixed messages.

On a separate note, Leeds may well be going in search of a new goalkeeper if they're promoted anyway, and so with the two areas combined I'd be highly surprised to see him play for the club again.

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