Marcelo Bielsa have been extremely loyal to his players this season but that’s based on the fact he hasn’t had many choices. From what we’ve seen he will be loyal in terms of picking a similar team if we’re winning but one of the biggest decisions of the season had to be made this season, and he’s chosen the new man over Baily Peacock-Farrell.

Bielsa has confirmed that Kiko Casilla will start on Saturday at Rotherham United after playing the full ninety minutes against Southampton for the under 23’s on Monday night. Casilla’s arrival at Leeds United shocked fans and pundits and even Marcelo Bielsa, who seemed pleasantly surprised at the signing. Baily Peacock-Farrell started the season well but the departure through injury of Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman seemed to throw him off, with no competition his performances dipped dramatically. Bielsa was set to drop Peacock-Farrell for the Bristol City game before the injury to Blackman occurred.

Peacock-Farrell has a bright future, it’s rare that young goalkeepers don’t go through rough patches and he’s been having one in the last couple of months. What he needs is an experienced professional who he can learn from and that’s exactly what Kiko Casilla brings to the player and to the club. From winning the Champions League three times in a row to heading to Rotherham to keep net for Marcelo Bielsa it will take time for the player to adapt, but expectations are very high.

Leeds need to win this game, no doubting that. The defeat to Stoke was one of the worst of the season in terms of performances, following one of the best against Derby the week before. Picking up the three points with Sheffield United playing at Norwich will be big either way and the home fixture against Norwich follows that for Bielsa and Leeds. Casilla will want to settle in quick and a clean sheet would be the perfect start. Rotherham are sure to put him under severe pressure from balls into the box.

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Born in Gibraltar, raised in Scotland from a very young age. Been a huge fan of Leeds United since I could walk and talk, thanks to my Dad, the English half of me. After a few years in Australia I moved to Leeds, the trips from Scotland down to the city a few times a season didn't cut it. Love the city. Love the people, and the 12 hour round trip to Elland Road is about a 20 minute round trip. Love writing about the club, the more I write the more I feel comfortable doing it. As long as it's enjoyable I'll continue to do so, keep looking to step it up and progress as well. Leeds United is more than just a football team for me, as is it with so many others.

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