Late last week, Football Insider reported that Karl Darlow was on Marcelo Bielsa’s shortlist to replace Kiko Casilla if the Spanish goalkeeper left the club.
There are two reported issues with Casilla for Leeds. The first is the player joined from Real Madrid on high wages in the hopes that Leeds would be promoted.
With Leeds falling to Derby in the Championship playoffs, the club have been left with a goalkeeper on high wages who also may not want to stay in the English second division.
The reports from last week were that Kiko Casilla was set to leave Leeds and Karl Darlow was on a list of potential replacements.
Today Football Insider’s Wayne Veysey has reported that Leeds have made an approach to sign Karl Darlow.
This is what he reports:
Leeds United have made an approach to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow before the window shuts next month, Football Insider can reveal.
The Yorkshire giants are laying the groundwork for a late keeper signing amid doubts over the futures of current senior pair Kiko Casilla and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club have registered their interest in Darlow and the viability of a loan or a permanent deal.
To us this just means that Leeds are just doing their work in case a transfer is necessary. The key issue here is that Leeds are looking to see if they can get Darlow before the window closes if they have to.
So basically making sure they are not left short when the window closes and Casilla makes a deadline day move.
Karl Darlow– approach has been made by Leeds to verify availability
Today Victor Orta, the Leeds Director of Football, had this to say at a Leeds event during their pre-season tour in Australia.
“I can say Kiko Casilla prefers to stay in Leeds United than the first division in Spain. And, again, for me, I feel really proud.”
So it looks like the Leeds connection to Karl Darlow is just as a failsafe in case they lose their number one goalkeeper this summer. It also seems, at the moment, that Casilla is willing to stay at Leeds and help in their promotion push.
Incidentally, Karl Darlow was also involved in a late night fracas when out with Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback last Friday night.
Here is a tweet from the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope on the incident. We are not sure of the severity of the incident but it has made all the papers today.
Exclusive: NUFC keeper Karl Darlow allegedly kicks man outside takeaway after row involving team-mate Jonjo Shelvey hours before team fly to China. Shelvey was called a ‘bald c***’ before saying ‘go back to your council house, you peasant’. Footage & story https://t.co/fDRbCQVoJj
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) July 18, 2019