Pundit identifies Leeds star “not good enough” for Premier League


Noel Whelan said Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla “was not good enough for the Premier League”, insisting that Illan Meslier deserved to stay between the sticks.

After completing a ban on eight games for racism, the Spanish goalkeeper was again available for selection for yesterday’s shock with Barnsley.

However, Casilla was left on the bench, Meslier continuing to score for Marcelo Bielsa’s team.

White won 1-0, which leaves them only one more point to get promoted. Meslier made a number of crucial saves to secure the three runs as Barnsley put pressure on Leeds’ goal.

On the back of the performance, Whelan admitted that he was happy to see the French keep his place, while expressing his concerns about the quality capabilities of Casilla.

Speaking to Footbal Insider, quoted on Leeds Live, Whelan said, “He had to stick to Meslier. Meslier was fantastic, everything he had to do, he did.

“Whenever the corners came, he was brave and got a good punch on the ball. He is not afraid to come on bodies to relieve this pressure.

“I’m glad he hasn’t changed anything. He deserves to keep his place.

“Kiko Casilla is not good enough for the Premier League. After all that has happened, the club needs to think long and hard. There are still question marks over his abilities. ”

Box played the first 35 Leeds Championship games of the season, keeping 15 clean sheets. But he was criticized for making a number of mistakes that led to goals, and conceded 30 goals in total.


Have performed well in cutting service for Leeds, Meslier has continued to impress since joining Casilla.

In nine league games, he kept six clean sheets and only scored four goals, helping Leeds collect vital points in his promotion campaign. Their Premier League spot could be sealed when they face Derby on Sunday.

With his loan agreement expiring next week, whites will be eager to bring Meslier back on a permanent basis. They can buy the plug for £ 4.75 million, that they would intend to activate.


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