Diego Llorente finally made his return to the pitch today for Leeds United after getting injured following his debut for the first team against Chelsea.

And what a return.

He put in a hugely impressive performance, capped by the only goal of the game so far, and he almost got two after narrowly missing with a shot from 40 yards out.

It’s been easy to forget how good Llorente can be for Leeds.

He’s a Spain international but has had such a slow start to his Leeds career that we’re almost resigned to him not being available.

However, he was excellent today, composed in defence, with a number of crucial interceptions – and, as a bonus, he looked really dangerous going forward.

His shot from distance turned heads before he got on the end of a Kalvin Phillips cross to head his side ahead.

We can’t wait to see him against Newcastle and we think that he and Liam Cooper playing together will make a big difference to our defensive record.

Llorente made the bench for the defeat against Brighton on Saturday but Marcelo Bielsa had always said he wanted him to play in the Under-23s before starting for the first team.

It means that he should be in with a really good shout of making his full debut against Newcastle a week on Tuesday after getting through his allotted 45 minutes of action today.

Here are some of the excited reactions to Llorente’s display today…

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