Danny Mills has urged fans to not “go overboard” in their criticisms of Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road man suggested that the veteran Spaniard needed support from an increasingly angry fanbase after another goalkeeping error against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The Whites lost that clash 2-0, with the opening goal coming after a fairly routine shot from Sammy Ameobi caught the United stopper off guard and beat him at his near post.
But Mills thinks that it’s important irate fans blaming Casilla for the team’s troubles keep things in perspective.
“Let’s not go overboard on Kiko Casilla,” he told Football Insider. “He has done well, but he has made mistakes, as all goalkeepers have.
“It’s just apparent at the moment that they tie in, or seem to tie in, with this run that Leeds are absolutely desperate to get out of.
“Yes, it’s disappointing, but I don’t think we should go too far overboard and start slamming Kiko Casilla.”
The 33-year-old, who joined from Real Madrid last January, has been an ever-present for Leeds so far this season, featuring in all 31 of the Whites’ Championship matches and keeping 12 clean sheets in the process.
He also conceded 29 goals, the second-lowest total in the division after Brentford, but has made a number of notable errors in recent weeks, including a poor piece of judgement that saw a deflected corner loop over his head in last weekend’s shock defeat to Wigan Athletic.
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