Leeds United’s goalkeeper position has had a number of question marks around it this summer.
Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell have both been linked with moves away from the club. The Whites have also been linked with other goalkeepers. Mark Travers is a name that has cropped up, and an audacious move for Gianluigi Buffon now won’t happen as he has rejoined Juventus.
This leaves the Whites in a tough predicament. They have two goalkeepers who underperformed last season, and they have to decide which one to go with.
Marcelo Bielsa has a real conundrum on his hands, but after last season’s disappointments, the choice should be clear.
Leeds should learn from Liverpool’s example with what they did with Loris Karius after the 2018 Champions League final and get Casilla out of the dressing room as soon as possible.
He’s only been a Leeds player for six months so his presence in the dressing room won’t be missed too much, and having him around will just be a reminder of last season’s failures.
He single-handedly cost Leeds a shot at the playoff final with his blunders, and surely the fanbase won’t be quick to forget that.
Confidence is so important in a goalkeeper, and the Spaniard just seems bereft of it as during the back end of the season he was seemingly second-guessing his every action, and the Whites should look towards Peacock-Farrell.
For all the criticism the stopper has received over the past 12 months, Leeds were top of the league when he was replaced between the sticks, that isn’t to say that Casilla is wholly to blame for the Yorkshire club’s collapse, but it shows that the Northern Irishman is capable of playing for a team battling at the top of the table.