Danny Mills Exclusive: Leeds have a 'Phenomenal' ball-playing talent not in Sunday's XI
Danny Mills has hailed Kiko Casilla as a brilliant footballer but doubts if he is consistent enough to play for Leeds United in the Premier League next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Elland Road man argued that the 33-year-old was a “phenomenal” ball-playing talent, but may not have the steadiness needed to be an asset in the top flight.
The Spaniard is currently serving an eight-game ban for racially abusing Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko, and has been replaced in Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI by young loanee Illan Meslier.
And Mills has raised doubts over whether or not Casilla is reliable enough to even play second fiddle to the 20-year-old.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Leeds need an experienced back-up keeper, but that may well not be Casilla.
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“He’s great on the ball, we know that. He’s the most relaxed goalkeeper I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s phenomenal how calm he is, it really is. He’s calmer than most outfield players.
“There are quite a few heart in mouth moments when you watch him. He’ll give you heart palpations from time to time, that is for sure, but he’s also made some good saves and he’s had some good performances at times.
“Whether he’s consistent enough to play in the Premier League though, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Casilla has conceded 32 goals in 37 appearances for Leeds so far this term, but has also made a number of high profile errors.
One in particular, his mistake against Brentford in the 1-1 draw at Griffin Park in February, led to Jermaine Beckford calling for him to be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa.
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