Kiko Casilla was axed by Marcelo Bielsa from the Leeds United squad on Monday as the Whites suffered a 2-0 defeat to West Ham. Other than three Premier League games at the beginning of the season in which Casilla missed through an ankle injury, it was the first Premier League game in which he did not at least feature on the Whites bench.
Casilla, has only played once in the Premier League but other than the aforementioned three games – he has remained an unused subsitute in the other 23 league games. On Monday, Bielsa chose to call-up Italian rookie Elia Caprile – with his performances in Mark Jackson’s side catching the eye of Marcelo Bielsa. After that snub, Casilla posted a message on Instagram.
The message from Spain international and three-time Champions League winner Casilla (below) was translated as: “I’m slow to leave, because I believe in change. I wait, I endure, but one day I get tired. Without saying anything, I leave, and leave everything. Once I get tired, I will not come back. I give everything before leaving.”
Casilla, who earns a whopping £32,000 a week (Spotrac) and is on a similar playing field to the likes of Patrick Bamford, Helder Costa and Diego Llorente at Elland Road, has endured a tumultous spell at Leeds. His mistakes cost Leeds in the play-off semi-finals against Derby, and then he was banned for eight games after a racial altercation with Jonathan Leko.
Mistakes in the 3-0 defeat to Crawley have seen him firmly established as back-up to Meslier – and it will be interesting to see where he is come Saturday evening, on the bench against Chelsea or watching on from home. His agent has told LUFC Fan Zone that his comments on social media might not be related to Leeds, and that he is happy at Elland Road.
“He has two more years at Leeds and is more than happy there,” Casilla’s agent told the Fan Zone, as posted on their Instagram page. “Like every player, he would like to play more. However, Illan is doing a very good job, and Kiko is always close to support him. I don’t know the exact meaning behind his posts, but I don’t believe it is about Leeds United.”