Kiko Casilla has joined Leeds United on a four-and-a-half-year deal at Elland Road, running until 2023.
Casilla was brought through the Real Madrid academy which developed him into the keeper he is today. In 2007, Casilla left Real Madrid for the rival Spanish side, Espanyol.
Casilla managed to establish himself as Espanyol’s first choice keeper following successful loan spells at Cádiz CF and FC Cartagena.
Leeds United approached Casilla following unsuccessful negotiations with Newcastle for keeper, Karl Darlow, when they refused to match Newcastle’s valuation of the 28-year-old.
Casilla may only be Madrid’s third-choice-keeper, however, has still made many crucial appearances for them. He played games in each of Real’s UEFA Champions League successes in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The Spaniard has been crafted into a player which fits the bill perfectly at Elland Road, with his speciality being playing out the back.
He has been handed the number 33 shirt, however, we understand that he has been brought in as the Leeds United number 1.
This leaves Peacock-Farrell, as second choice and Will Huffer at third choice.
Following an injury for Chelsea’s Jamal Blackman, Peacock-Farrell has done a commendable job between the sticks, with all the pressure being put onto his shoulders to perform consistently, as there was no senior backup in that position. At just 22 years old, Peakock-Farrell has made the most of this situation, and put in some brilliant performances throughout his time in the first team.
Peacock-Farrell is expected to learn from Kiko Casilla, meaning the move seems to be beneficial for both parties.