Could German keeper's Instagram message spell the end for Casilla?
23 Dec 2020 08:10 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Wednesday 23rd December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Cooper ruled out of Sundays clash
It was the news that everyone expected but nobody wanted to hear. Leeds Captain Liam Cooper will miss Sunday's local derby against Burnley this Sunday. This means Leeds only fit recognised fit defenders are Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk. Obviously, Bielsa could call upon Leif Davies, Oliver Casey or Charlie Cresswell from the U23's but in all likehood they would have to play alongside an almost equally inexperienced Struijk.
We reported yesterday that Diego Llorente has returned to first team training, but having spent so much time on the treatment table this season, is it wise to throw the Spanish International in at the deep end.
Have Leeds suffered with Ayling playing centre back?
Surely Luke Ayling must return to right wing back on Sunday for the visit of Burnley? His surging runs down the right wing have given the Whites an extra dimention, not to mention width when attacking opponents. Leeds defensive crisis has caused the gaffer to play round pegs in square holes, including switching Ayling to centre back, and replacing him with Dallas. Unfortunately, the Northern Ireland International has not been able to replicate Aylings success!
Whatever happens, does Ayling need to return to right back? Was it a mistake playing him at centre back? Are Cresswell , Casey ready to start a Premiership game?
German keeper drops cryptic clue for Leeds fans
German goalkeeper Jan-Ole Sievers could be on his way to Elland Road shortly after the shot stopper sent a message to Whites fans via Robin Koch's Instagram account. Koch and Sievers were team mates at Kaiserslautern, but having now dropped down to the third tier of German football, have to offload their assets! Sievers is a free agent.
He has recently returned from a season long long with Japanese club FC Gifu, helping them to a sixth place finish in the J - league. The 25 year old has got Leeds fans talking by sending a cryptic message on Robin Koch's social media account saying 'See you soon Leeds fans'.
Do Leeds need another goalkeeper, with just Illan Meslier and Kiko Casilla as their only senior options, or is it a sign that Casilla is on his way out of Elland Road?