Alex Bruce expects Leeds United to bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper for their return to the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Bruce delivered his verdict after this site revealed earlier in the week Kiko Casilla has been told he will be the club’s number two next season.
Football Insider revealed the the Spaniard may push for a return to his native country after Marcelo Bielsa informed him of his plans.
The 33-year-old had been Bielsa’s first-choice but failed to win back his place after returning from a racism ban.
Illan Meslier stepped into the former Real Madrid goalkeeper’s place and kept seven clean sheets in his 11 games for Leeds last season.
The 20-year-old subsequently converted his loan spell from Lorient into a permanent deal.
Asked by Football Insider whether he can see Casilla staying at Elland Road next season Bruce said: “It’s not like being number two as a centre forward or anywhere else on the pitch.
“If you’re number two as goalkeeper it normally means you’re going to be sat on your backside for the rest of the year, so it’s whether he can cope with that mentally.
“If he wants to play he’s going to have to move on, if he is happy to sit and wait for his chance, only he can answer that question.
“I think they will be signing a top goalkeeper, they’ve been linked with a few haven’t they so I’d be very surprised if they don’t bring one in.
“It’s such a vital position in the team, especially coming up from the Championship, you’ve got to make sure whoever you’ve got between the sticks is going to do a decent job.”