Leeds United will be actively looking to loan out goalkeeper Kiko Casilla this month ahead of a permanent deal in the summer.
That is the view of former Whites striker and boyhood Elland Road fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 34-year-old’s woeful display against Crawley Town.
Casilla conceded three goals against the League Two outfit as the Yorkshire giants crashed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.
Crawley’s Ashley Nadesan beat the Spaniard easily at his near post for their second goal before Casilla diverted a header straight into the path of Jordan Tunnicliffe for their third.
As previously revealed by Football Insider, the Spaniard is on a £40,000-a-week wage at Elland Road.
But Whelan has suggested that it will not be the salary that could make offloading him difficult.
He told Football Insider: “When you have performances like that it’s going to be hard to get rid of him – more than the money side of things.
“If you’re playing decent then you show that your skills are good enough for someone to take a chance on you. But when you play like that with a lack of quality in your area then people are going to think twice about you and paying money to have you in their goal.
“I think the performance is more detrimental to getting rid of him than the money.
“In the summertime, if we can get him out we will do. If we can get him out on loan possibly this month, I very much doubt it.
“But if we can, that would be a great option for Leeds and allow him to get some game time and prove himself to another club that he’s worth taking a gamble on and get him out of the club permanently.”