According to reports in Spain (Via Sportwitness) Leeds United are looking to sell Bailey Peacock-Farrell and keep Kiko Casilla this season.
It was previously thought that the Spaniard could be the one headed out of the door at Elland Road this summer, but now it seems that his younger counterpart will be the one leaving.
This move could easily backfire for Leeds. Casilla hasn’t been entirely convincing in between the sticks, and keeping him for the next 12 months may just be delaying the inevitable by the time next summer rolls around.
The reports state that Sevilla are interested in signing the 33-year-old stopper, and with Casilla coming towards the back end of his career you could understand why he may want to play at the top level one more time.
Sevilla are consistently in and around the top six in La Liga, and in recent years they have achieved great success in European competitions. Leeds, on the other hand, have been outside of the top flight for 15 years at this point.
Casilla may commit himself to the Whites for another season, but if they don’t go up, it’s going to be tough to convince him to stay at the club if some of the top teams in Europe come knocking once again.
The argument for keeping Peacock-Farrell over Casilla isn’t based on him being a better player. Of course, it’s a tough sell to state that a rather inexperienced Championship goalie is better than a Champions League winner, but in terms of long-term planning, selling the Northern Irishman and keeping the Spaniard is a bad idea.
The youngster could be Leeds’ number one for years to come, whereas Casilla could easily jump ship next summer.
If Leeds stay in the Championship, they could do a lot worse than a keeper who kept ten clean sheets in 28 appearances last season. Peacock-Farrell isn’t without his flaws, but Leeds were flying high at the top of the league when he was their number one, so he has proven he is more than capable of playing for a team competing right at the very top of this division.