Ally McCoist was blown away by the defensive work of Leeds United enforcer Diego Llorente in the Premier League clash against Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Whites dominated the Yorkshire derby at Elland Road, but only managed to win 2-1, making it hard for themselves in the end.

Llorente was key to keeping the Blades out in the second half, and McCoist singled out his work at defending set-pieces as the game went on.

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Speaking during live commentary of the game on Amazon Prime, McCoist was signing the praises of Llorente after his defensive work in the second half.

“That is a brilliant header,” he said.

“I think it was Llorente, defensively, this is a superb header. Talk about it, it’s an excellent clearance, he’s facing the wrong way.

“It’s a brilliant header, I’ve got to say.”

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Difference.

It is no coincidence that since Llorente has come into the side that Leeds are much better defensively and even going forward.

The Spanish international is a presence in the box, but can also push forward from defence and spray the ball around the back as though he was a midfielder.

Pascal Struijk may have been unfortunate to be dropped at Elland Road this afternoon, but Liam Cooper is the captain, and Llorente is simply undroppable at this moment in time.

We can’t remember the last time we had so many quality central defenders available, and it is a headache that Marcelo Bielsa will be relishing at this moment in time.

In other Leeds United news, Ally McCoist thrilled by ‘beautiful’ Whites moment v Sheff United & hails ‘magic’ ace

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