Kevin Phillips Exclusive: Bielsa must axe this Leeds big name v Brentford tonight
Kevin Phillips has claimed that Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla must be dropped by Marcelo Bielsa after his latest mistake against Nottingham Forest.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that the veteran Spaniard has cost the Whites “dearly” in recent weeks with a series of questionable performances.
Casilla was at fault again in the 2-0 loss to Forest when he was beaten unconvincingly at his near post for the opening goal.
And Phillips has claimed that a change between the sticks is needed against Brentford on Tuesday evening.
“It’s an area that is of concern for Leeds, definitely,” he told Football Insider.
“I watched the game at the weekend and he should never be getting beaten at the near post like he did, it went completely under him.
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“Over the last month to five weeks he’s cost the team dearly with his mistakes.
“If I was a Leeds supporter I’d certainly want something to change, but again, Bielsa has shown he’s very loyal, quite stubborn as well, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he stuck with the goalkeeper.
“But like I say, if I was a supporter I’d want something to change. The situation needs to be addressed.
“He perhaps needs to come out of the team for one or two games and look from the outside in, and give him a break.”
Casilla has been an ever-present for Leeds so far this season, featuring in all 31 of their Championship matches.
In that spell he has conceded 29 goals, but 19 of those have come in his past 10 league appearances.
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