By Michael Brown

19th Jan, 2021 | 10:00am

Pundit Exclusive: Kiko Casilla tipped for extended Leeds run

Kiko Casilla could be handed an extended run in the Leeds United starting XI between now and the end of the season, according to Michael Brown.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 34-year-old would be keen to atone for his wretched performance against Crawley Town.

The shot-stopper made only his second appearance of the season in the FA Cup tie and was then surprisingly retained for last weekend’s defeat to Brighton in the absence of the ill Illan Meslier.

It was his first Premier League action of the campaign, having fallen behind Meslier in the pecking order.

With Leeds now knocked out of both the FA Cup and the League Cup, it would appear only injury, illness or suspension could see Casilla get a run in the starting XI.

However, Brown believes that there is still a chance he play regularly for Leeds.

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“He’s got a lot to give Leeds United and he already has given a lot,” Brown told Football Insider.

“You have to say people need games and the Crawley match was a disappointing second half from everybody and that didn’t help in when you’re coming in to play a game. 

“He’ll be looking forward to getting his next minutes, that’s what he’ll be looking to do, he’ll be wanting to get the Leeds United shirt back on to get some.

“I’m sure he’ll play some more towards the end of the season.” 

Casilla has played a total of 60 times for Leeds since joining from Real Madrid in January 2019.

He lost his place to Meslier in the second half of last season after being banned for using racist language towards Jonathan Leko.

In other news, Leeds United have been told to sign Spain international in “masterstroke” deal.