The Spanish centre-back has missed seven games this season due to injury, and that accompanies the 19 games he was unavailable for last season, but he got off the mark in terms of goals for the campaign against Watford, with his quick-thinking finish enough to earn all three points.
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It wasn’t just a good game for Llorente to get on the scoresheet, but it was the first win Leeds had picked up in the league this season, with the centre-back admitting that it is a ‘good feeling’ and ‘the team deserved this win‘ – and the stats don’t lie either, as they restricted Watford to just one shot on target all game.
What have these Leeds fans been saying?
“Absolutely love this guy. A proper defender. Absolute class when he’s fit. The way he tackles, puts his hands behind his back, he just gets it. Coops has done his job now, I want to see DL bring Struijk and Cresswell on, develop them into international defenders too #lufc“
‘Love this guy. Some player”
“He’s actually amazing”
“Best CB in the club, no debate, a class act.”
“Even though he’s hardly played he’s our 3rd best player. Proper top notch him”
It was a huge result for Leeds against Watford, as they didn’t just pick up their first win of the season, but they managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in the Premier League this campaign, so it’s no surprise that it came when Marcelo Bielsa had more options to choose from at the back – with both Llorente and Pascal Struijk in the squad on Saturday.
Llorente has really struggled to remain fit and healthy during his time at Elland Road, with his longest run of completing 90 minutes being just nine matches, which was at the back-end of last season and coincided with Leeds not conceding more than two goals in a game.