Did Leeds get a lucky escape with Fulham flop Fabri?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Championship table-toppers Leeds United reportedly considered forgotten Premier League goalkeeper Fabri before signing Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid.

Kiko Casilla of Real Madrid in action a training session at Doosan Arena on November 6, 2018 in Plzen, Czech Republic.

One week ago, the Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that Leeds United had identified a pair of experienced goalkeepers to compete with Bailey Peacock-Farrell at Elland Road.

And, with the signing of Kiko Casilla sealed and delivered, it seems that Marcelo Bielsa’s side have got the better of the two.

The 32-year-old arrived at Elland Road from none other than Real Madrid this week, having won seven trophies during his time with Los Blancos including three successive Champions League titles.


A proven winner like Casilla isn’t a bad addition for a Leeds side top of the Championship and praying for a long-awaited return to the Premier League – especially when you consider the identity of their alternative goalkeeping target.

According to the YEP, Leeds were also considering a move for Casilla’s fellow Spaniard, the forgotten Fulham stopper Fabri.

Besiktas' Spanish goalkeeper Fabricio Agosto Ramirez stops the ball during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Monaco and Besiktas on October 17, 2017 in Monaco.

Now, the 31-year-old has never been the most reliable of shot-stoppers and it is telling that he made just two Premier League appearances after joining Craven Cottage for £5 million, only to immediately fall down the pecking order after conceding seven goals and looking worryingly error-prone.

Fabri hasn’t even been included in Fulham’s match day squad since September. Not only is Casilla a more high-profile signing, he’s simply a better goalkeeper.

Fabricio Agosto ''Fabri'' of RC Deportivo La Coruna clears the ball during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Deportivo La Coruna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 15,...

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