Leeds United slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa at Elland Road on Saturday.
Anwar El-Ghazi’s first-half goal was enough to secure all three points for the Midlands side, who were without star player and captain Jack Grealish.
Leeds also had injury issues of their own with Robin Koch, Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo missing out but one player who’s spent more of the season on the sidelines who featured versus Villa was Diego Llorente.
We’ve had to wait a long time to see Llorente, 27, in full flight for Leeds.
His appearance against Villa was the first time he’s played two matches in a row since joining the Whites from Real Sociedad in September and was also just the second time he’s completed a full 90 minutes for the Yorkshire club.
And even though it was a dull match between Leeds and Villa, Spanish centre-back Llorente is someone who really shone for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
According to stats by Wyscout, Llorente recovered possession a stunning 19 times throughout the match.
The Spain international also won 12 of his 17 defensive duels, won four of his six aerial duels and completely three interceptions.
Llorente was also strong in possession, completing 91 per cent of the passes he attempted. Both of the two passes he made towards the final third were successful while the one and only pass he launched into the Villa penalty area was not completed.
Llorente really stood out on what was a disappointing day to be a Leeds United supporter and we hope to continue seeing this as the season goes on.
Bielsa’s men have performed above and beyond in the Premier League so far but have done that largely without Llorente.
However, we hope that this second consecutive full match will do the defender the world of good in showing that his injury woes are in the past and behind him for good because it’s clear he’s a massive credit to this team.
In other Leeds United news, this player is not floating Marcelo Bielsa’s boat at Elland Road right now.