The Athletic’s Leeds United reporter Phil Hay says that he does not expect goalkeeper Kiko Casilla beyond the end of this season, and says that the club are taking a keen interest in one Premier League as a potential replacement for the Spaniard.
Casilla is two games into an eight suspension after being accused of racial abuse earlier in the season, with the 33-year-old also coming under scrutiny for some costly errors earlier in the campaign.
It seems that, along with this latest news around of links with a Premier League ‘keeper, have given Hay something of an indication as to just what the future will hold for Casilla come the end of the season.
In a QandA held on The Athletic, Hay was asked for his take on Casilla’s prospects at Leeds, with the reporter responding by saying: “My gut feeling is that they’ll replace Casilla. I’m not sure he’d be that keen to stay himself after what’s gone on in the past six months.
“I was told today of a Premier League keeper who Leeds are looking at closely. Need to check it out a bit more but I strongly suspect they’ll be on the look-out – as well as taking [Illan] Meslier permanently.”
It remains to be seen who Hay is referencing with regards to that ‘keeper, although Leeds have been linked with Burnley’s Joe Hart in recent months.
The England international looks set to leave Turf Moor when his contract expires this summer, having failed to make a single Premier League appearance for Sean Dyche’s side this season.
With Leeds looking well set to win promotion back to English football’s top-flight this season, it would make sense for them to add some Premier League experience between the posts, to give them the best possible chance of being competitive at that level.