Spain’s shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia last night has once again raised eyebrows over why Iker Casillas remains Vicente del Bosque’s No.1 choice goalkeeper.
Casillas was directly at fault for Slovakia’s first goal after falling out of the way of a shot he misjudged and it could be argued he was also partly at fault for Slovakia’s winner as he was unable to spread himself to stop Miroslav Stoch’s header.
De Gea was tipped to make his full Spain debut in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia but Del Bosque chose to stick with his previously all-conquering goalkeeper Casillas, who is in the team on nothing but his previous achievements.
Casillas’ feeble performance follows on from his poor campaign at the World Cup after which he became a scapegoat for Spain’s group stage exit.
The good thing for De Gea is that Casillas could not have done any more to help his cause of becoming Spain’s No.1.
After all that has happened to Casillas in recent matches, Del Bosque must now surely be considered putting De Gea in goal on a permanent basis for the senior team.
Casillas has been presented with ample opportunities by Del Bosque to re-find his old form but after failing on more than one occasion, now is the time for De Gea to be presented the same opportunities.