Former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has hinted that he does not believe the club’s current number one, Kiko Casilla, will leave the club in the summer transfer window.
Casilla is currently serving an eight-game ban following an allegation of racial abuse earlier this season, and has also come under scrutiny for some costly errors again throughout the course of the campaign.
That has led to some recent reports claiming that Casilla could be set for a return to his native Spain in the summer, with a number of La Liga clubs apparently interested in the 33-year-old.
Robinson however, is unconvinced that such a departure will take place in the coming months, and giving his assessment of Casilla’s future, the ex-England international told MOT Leeds News: “I think he’s still got time left at Leeds. You look at who they’ve got there… Illan Meslier is still very young and is on trial.
“He’s been given a chance that he wouldn’t necessarily have got if it wasn’t for what happened to Casilla. And, unless they’re planning to replace Casilla I can’t see him leaving.
“If you’re going into the Premier League you need a very strong one and two, with a good number three as well.
“Leeds are going to have to add come the end of the season anyway, whether it’s a number one or a number one/two, or they bring in a third keeper to support the two who are there and let them fight it out for the number one spot. A lot will have to happen if Leeds are going to let him leave.”
Indeed, it seems Robinson believes Casilla still has much to offer Leeds between the posts going forward, as he continued: “I still think he’s a top-class goalkeeper. He’s been up and down in form, his indecision at times has let him down, his consistency has let him down.
“But he’s had a lot to deal with on and off the pitch. I still think he’s a top-class keeper. I thought he was a great signing when he arrived and I think a lot would have to happen in the market if Leeds are going to let him leave.”
As things stand, there are just over three years remaining on Casilla’s reported £40,000-a-week contract with Leeds, securing his future at Elland Road until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Leeds have already been linked with one potential replacement for Casilla between the posts in recent months, with Joe Hart said to be open to a move to Leeds when he leaves Burnley at the end of his contract at Turf Moor in the summer.