Marcelo Bielsa has made seven changes to the Leeds United line-up for the trip to Derby County, Leeds first game as Champions of the division.
#LUFC team news is in!— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2020
Lots of players are getting a well-deserved rest - the long starting runs of Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich have come to an end. They are on the bench along with Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, and Patrick Bamford.
Pascal Struijk and Ian Carlo Poveda-Ocampo (full name because it’s a great name) make their first starts, and Jamie Shackleton gets his first in a long time.
The biggest, and worst, news is that Kiko Casilla starts in goal. I made a lot of my feelings clear in an article earlier in the year here. Kiko Casilla has not taken any responsibility, nor has there been any effort made to “make it right”.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org for those wondering how.— Jon Mackenzie (@Jon_Mackenzie) July 19, 2020
If Kiko is 100% that he did not say it, that is his right, but he should still have been doing something to try and improve the situation. Personally, I think the report made very clear what happened, he has to apologise before it is possible for me as a fan to try and move past it - there can be second chances but they need to be earned.
There is no excuse for Leeds United to be picking Kiko Casilla while he has still not apologised to Jonathan Leko for racially abusing him. You can wear the Black Lives Matter badges, but actions speak louder than gestures.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 19, 2020
Playing Kiko Casilla makes a mockery of Leeds’ public stance against racism and their taking of the knee before matches. It is incredibly hypocritical.