Danny Mills has revealed “crazy” Leeds United number one Kiko Casilla has him covering his face in fear due to his ultra casual playing style.
Speaking face-to-face with Football Insider, our new columnist claimed the January signing is “so laid back” he is “the most casual goalkeeper on the planet”.
Mills claimed Casilla has been a fine capture for Leeds since arriving from Real Madrid, partly because of his ability with the ball at his feet, although this does have repercussions for teammates and supporters.
“He’s won the Champions League, okay he’s not necessarily played but he’s got those medals so you can’t take that away,” Mills said. “He’s used to training with some of the best players in the world, and as the backup goalkeeper he’d have been the one facing all the shots after training. He’d have been the man just getting pelted left, right and centre.
“He’s the most casual goalkeeper on the planet, he’s so laid back. The ball goes back to him sometimes you just think (puts hands over his face), ‘Oh my goodness, what’s he going to do?’
“He’s so casual but actually I think that’s been good because he’s got that ability to play out from the back, doesn’t seem to get flustered at all.
“I think he has been a good addition, goalkeeper is fine, it doesn’t matter if you’re a little bit crazy as long as you’re predictable and the players know he’s going to be laid back. They know he might take a chance or two and you can adjust to that.”
Casilla was instantly made the number one by Marcelo Bielsa when arriving from Spain in the January window, displacing academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The 32-year-old has conceded 18 goals in 17 Championship matches for Leeds, while Peacock-Farrell’s record this season is 32 goals conceded from 28 league games.
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