By Danny Mills

17th Feb, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Mills backs Leeds teen to step up amid big behind-the-scenes development

Danny Mills has claimed that it could be a case of “blessed timing” for Leeds United were Kiko Casilla to be banned following his FA hearing this week. 

The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Illan Meslier could “make the difference” for Marcelo Bielsa’s side were they forced into playing the 19-year-old in Casilla’s absence.

According to report in the Telegraph this week, the Spanish goalkeeper, 33, will stand before a disciplinary panel this week to contest the alleged racial abuse of Jonathan Leko.

The incident took place on November 3 in Charlton’s 1-0 victory over Leeds at The Valley and if found guilty the Elland Road number one could face a minimum of six games suspended.

When asked if Meslier could step up if called upon, Mills told Football Insider: “Are you blessed with timing?

“Casilla has made a couple of mistakes of late. There was talk of whether he could be left out of the side. Obviously Bielsa made that statement quite early on.

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“Who knows, the hearing might go his way but if it does not – Leeds will deal with that. They have got a good keeper. We saw it when Alisson was out injured for Liverpool. The second keeper can be given a chance to shine. Everyone needs an opportunity somewhere down the line and he might just make a couple of saves that make the difference.

“I am not sure if he will take the risks and play the balls Casilla does at times but he may bring more solidity.” 

The former Real Madrid stopped has come under scrutiny of late following a few high profile errors including a costly one at Brentford a week ago.

Illan Meslier has only made one senior appearance for The Whites in an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.

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