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After no longer taking part in for a few weeks over the Christmas length, Leeds United are eventually lend a hand in action when they capture on Burnley at Elland Motorway on Sunday afternoon.
Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect’s final Premier League day outing came when they were beaten comprehensively by Arsenal in mid-December, and they face a Clarets outfit who’re furthermore in a deadly set up aside of dwelling blueprint the backside of the table.
The Whites were handed a first-rate enhance forward of the game, though, with Bielsa confirming that centre-lend a hand Diego Llorente is match and readily accessible again for preference. If he comes via any unhurried fitness tests, he undoubtedly must delivery towards Sean Dyche’s aspect.
The “imperious” Spaniard became a frequent in Leeds’ defence in the closing few weeks of the 2020/21 season, starting up 13 of the final 14 games after all flight and constructing with some impressive performances, no longer least netting a unhurried equaliser towards Liverpool.
He earned a WhoScored match score of 6.90 for that campaign, which marked him out as the Whites’ 2d-handiest centre-lend a hand after Cooper, who became as soon as furthermore doubtlessly the most efficient player on the club to take more headers per recreation than Llorente’s 2.2.
Mature Leeds striker Noel Whelan raved: “He looked every bit that chief and that quality centre-half of that we were all looking forward to when he signed for the football club. There became as soon as monumental excitement about him it took a really lengthy time to rep to recognize him persistently.
“Nonetheless as soon as we did, we noticed him develop and develop and develop. We noticed him rep stronger and better as the games went on. Whenever you demand any Leeds United fan who watched him in that 2d allotment of the season and demand them who could maybe be the first centre-half of on the team sheet, they’d state Llorente.”
With the Whites shipping an abysmal 11 targets in their past two Premier League games – albeit towards Manchester City and Arsenal – having Llorente lend a hand could traipse a lengthy formula to restoring a shrimp of quiet and composure in defence.
The £16.2m-rated ace could well be the game-altering return in defence which swings issues lend a hand in Leeds’ favour heading into the following day’s clash towards Burnley.
Within the meantime, this Championship ace “would bounce” on the prospect to affix Leeds…