By Noel Whelan

11th Jan, 2021 | 1:01pm

Pundit Exclusive: Senior Leeds star may not play again this season

Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will struggle to play again this season after his horror show against Crawley Town.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan insisted the 34-year-old failed to take a big opportunity in East Sussex on Sunday.

League Two Crawley ran out 3-0 winners against the Yorkshire giants as they failed to proceed past the FA Cup third round for the fourth consecutive season.

The former Real Madrid stopper was beaten easily at his near post for Town’s second goal before gifting them their third goal by diverting a header into the path of Jordan Tunnicliffe in the six-yard box.

“I think his chances now are going to be very limited because we’re out of both cups and in the league, we’ve got Illan Meslier and he’s going to be playing regularly,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“I cannot see Kiko Casilla forcing his way back into the side and I would doubt that we see him again barring a serious injury to Meslier.

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“We’re out of two cups so we don’t need to give people opportunities again and he’s probably had his last one there.

“I’m not saying all the goals were his fault. They could’ve been stopped by other players but when it comes to his part, he didn’t play it and he was poor.

“When you look at the grand scheme of things there were a lot of players that didn’t do their jobs properly but neither did he.

“When you’re thinking about a big player giving themselves a big opportunity to shine and showcase themself, he’s not covered himself in glory.”

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