Podcaster Michael Normanton has recently given his opinion about the situation of Leeds United defender Diego Llorente.
Normanton recently featured on The Square Ball podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Whites, as they discussed multiple players at the club.
One player that they talked about was Llorente and Normanton made it clear that the Spaniard has now become sharper as a player and he now seems well adjusted to the demands of the club and the Premier League as a whole.
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Llorente had arrived at Leeds in the summer transfer window for a fee of £18 million. But he struggled with fitness early on in the campaign and made only one appearance till the start of January 2021.
Normanton said that when Llorente played earlier, fans were forced to shout and tell him to not do things that he did on the pitch.
The podcaster said: “I think now it’s a bit sharper as well, it’s looking a little bit less mad, because he’s actually been more successful in the things he does. There were points, I think, when he was first coming back into the team and he maybe wasn’t quite fit enough or quite up to the pace of the team or the league or something, where he’d occasionally do things and you’d be going, ‘Nope, stop that, don’t do that anymore!’
“Whereas, when he’s got Oli McBurnie just chasing him and trying to chop him down, he’s obviously far better than him and he’s able to just do what he wants.”
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Llorente has had a pretty poor fitness record in the past few years and while he carried it on at Elland Road, the Spaniard has begun to play more regularly for the Whites in recent weeks.
The 27-year-old had impressed in games against Aston Villa and Southampton, doing well against West Ham and Chelsea as well. While he didn’t pick up great ratings in the last two games, the fact that he’s fit and playing regularly is a positive for the Whites.