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Jermaine Beckford comments on Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford goes down injured before being substituted in the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Preston North End at...

Kiko Casilla was in action for Leeds United against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United during the pre-match warm-up

Jermaine Beckford gave his take on Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on Sky Sports Football (2:39pm, October 26, 2019) following his performance against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.

The former Leeds star was impressed with the display produced by the Casilla in the goalless draw in the Championship game at the Hillsborough Stadium and has praised him.

However, Beckford has criticised the 33-year-old for taking unnecessary risks.

Beckford said about Casilla on Sky Sports Football (2:39pm, October 26, 2019): “He’s somebody who definitely divides opinion. I like him. I think he’s very lively. I’d just like him to be a little less crazy if I’m honest. He takes a couple of chances when he’s being closed down by forwards when he’s defending.

“Ultimately, he offers you the experience. He’s a big boy. And you can’t help but respect what he’s done and where he’s been. And that’s one of the reasons why he’s as good as he is.”

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United

Important player for Leeds United

Casilla is hugely experienced, and having played for Spanish and European giants Real Madrid, the 33-year-old is not fazed at playing week in and week out for Leeds.

True, the Spaniard does take some unnecessary risks inside his own penalty area, but he is very confident on the ball, passes it around well, and is brilliant at stopping shots.

Promotion challenge

Leeds are third in the Championship table at the moment with 25 points from 14 matches.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are level on points with second-placed Preston North End and only two points behind leaders West Bromwich Albion.

PRESTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:Leeds United's Kiko Casilla during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on October 22, 2019 in Preston,...

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