Diego Llorente has claimed that he will be available to make his Leeds United debut against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The Whites travel to Bramall Lane this weekend looking to build on their 4-3 victory against Fulham last weekend at Elland Road.
Llorente signed a four-year deal in West Yorkshire on Thursday, after Leeds sealed an £18million deal for the Spanish international.
BBC journalist Adam Pope released an interview with Llorente moments after his move was confirmed, and he shared if he was available for the Yorkshire derby.
“Yes,” he told the BBC.
“It was difficult days for me with the change in a short time, but I am always ready to help the team and always ready to help the coach if he wants me to play right now.”
Llorente travelled to England today after completing his medical in Madrid on Wednesday, meaning his only opportunity to train will be on Friday, and possibly Saturday.
Despite conceding seven goals in the opening two games of the season, we expect Koch to continue partnering Liam Cooper at Bramall Lane this weekend.
The German international has conceded a penalty in both of his games so far, and despite impressing outside of that, it can’t continue.
Llorente hasn’t come to sit on the bench, and we explored the possibility of Bielsa adopting his famous 3-3-1-3 formation to fit him in.
We found that Leeds would need to sacrifice one of Mateusz Klich or Pablo Hernandez in midfield in order to do that, and with the Spaniard’s current injury problems, now could be the perfect chance to trial that.
Llorente is ready, although we expect Bielsa to hold him back like he has with so many in the past during his time at the club.
In other Leeds United news, Llorente also named two senior figures as big factors in his decision to move to Elland Road
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