Leeds United fans have been getting desperate for some good news on summer signing Diego Llorente and it finally came this week, albeit from an unofficial source.
After getting injured on international duty, Llorente has been missing for the last six games. Since he signed for £18m he’s only made the bench once, back in the game against Man City.
However, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, he’s fit again and “very close” to making his debut.
Leeds have missed him. At the same time as Llorente was injured, Liam Cooper picked up a knock and then Kalvin Phillips was out for three games.
That left Leeds short at the back and in the holding midfield role. The plan had been to play Llorente and move Robin Koch up to midfield if Phillips was out.
Llorente wowed Leeds fans for Spain in a friendly against Portugal back in October.
The former Real Madrid centre-back became the second-most expensive Leeds player when he signed but he’s almost become the forgotten man at Elland Road.
Could that change on Saturday?
Some Leeds fans think that Bielsa could adopt a variation of the 3-3-1-3 formation, playing Koch, Cooper and Llorente at the back.
It certainly gives Bielsa real options.
It will all depend on Llorente’s fitness but we know that he didn’t play a part in the last Under-23s game and the next time they play is a week on Monday.
Given that, it would be a major surprise to see him in the starting line-up but even seeing Llorente back on the bench would be a very welcome sight for Leeds United fans who were beginning to think he might be turning into the new Adam Forshaw.
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