Noel Whelan criticises Leeds' Kiko Casilla

Kiko Casilla looks on during the prematch warm up before the La Liga match between Sociedad Deportiva Huesca and Real Madrid at Estadio El Alcoraz on December 09, 2018 in Huesca, Spain.

The Spanish goalkeeper didn't cover himself in glory for Leeds United on Saturday.

Leeds United's goalkeeper Kiko Casilla  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Barnsley, England.

Noel Whelan has admitted that Kiko Casilla can be a liability for Leeds United sometimes.

United lost 1-0 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday and a number of visiting players didn't cover themselves in glory.

But the same is true of the Leeds' goalkeeper, who parried a Tom Lockyer volley into the back of Macauley Bonne's for the decisive goal of the game in London.

Casilla joined the Whites from Real Madrid in January and has been guilty of quite a few hairy moments.

 

Yesterday certainly qualified as another and although Whelan concedes that the big Spaniard can be a weakness for the Yorkshire club, he noted that making mistakes for a goalkeeper is par for the course.

Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds when asked if Casilla was a liability: "Yes of course he's a liability at times, but there isn't a goalkeeper in the Championship who isn't going to make mistakes."

Whelan is right in saying that mistakes are inevitable if you're a goalkeeper, and they are, but when you've made so many in a relatively short period of time then perhaps it suggests that it's more about the player himself rather than the position in which he plays.

Bielsa has other options in the form of Illan Meslier and Kamil Miazek, the former of which is on loan from Lorient in France.

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United shows appreciation to the fans after the the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at Bet365 Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Stoke on...

 

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