Leeds United suffered a somewhat surprise defeat at the hands of Brighton on Saturday, and a change must be made to the defence in response.
Marcelo Bielsa will want to put things right following a third consecutive defeat and to do this he must hand Diego Llorente his full debut.
The centre-back has barely featured since his £18million summer move due to injury but is ready for a comeback.
A 45-minute showing for the under 23s side on Monday took place without a hitch, and the defender engaged beast mode, keeping things tight at the back and scoring the only goal of the game,
He nearly got two, with a rasping 40-yard shot only narrowly going over.
The Spaniard has a good reputation having played for Real Sociedad and Spain, and he could add some much-needed organisation to the defence.
We’ve now conceded seven goals in three games, with Luke Ayling still deputising at centre-back.
Ayling has performed admirably alongside Liam Cooper at times but he left far too much space for Neal Maupay to score at the weekend.
It is clear that Ayling is most effective at right-back and he can now return to that position following Llorente’s return.
There is still has a week to prepare for our next fixture too.
That means more murderball sessions for Llorente and an opportunity to increase his fitness levels even further.
He played behind Kalvin Phillips against Stoke U23s as well, and that could prove beneficial if he does start against Newcastle next week.
Phillips’ return from suspension will help Llorente to settle in, and having Cooper and Ayling alongside Llorente should also serve the player well.
Also, the Magpies are arguably the perfect opponent for a comeback appearance – they have scored a meagre one goal in their last seven games.
As Ian Poveda mentioned a couple of weeks ago on BBC Radio Leeds, the squad already trusts Llorente and his ability, and he deserves an opportunity to show what he is all about.
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