Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie has admitted his concern for Leeds United star Diego Llorente after the development of yet another injury issue.
The Lowdown: Llorente suffers fresh blow
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were beaten 3-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, meaning they are still without a win in the Premier League this season.
Not only did Leeds lose, but they also saw Llorente suffer another injury setback, as he limped off in the first half.
The Spaniard has struggled to rid himself of constant fitness issues since arriving at Elland Road and he is now set for another spell on the sidelines.
The Latest: Pundit concerned by ongoing issues
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie admits he is surprised Leeds even signed Llorente and didn’t pick up on something during his medical:
“I don’t understand that. Is this not something the medical team will have picked up on? How did he pass a medical?
“It can’t be something so simple as just warming up before games, surely?
“The same thing has happened to Llorente three times since he’s been at Leeds. That has to be a huge concern.
“That will always be a doubt now won’t it? Any time he plays people will be wondering if he can finish the game.
“You would think they would be able to sort it with all the technology they have, it’s a strange one. They don’t have a big squad either Leeds, it’s a worry.”
The Verdict: Developing into a big problem
While Llorente is an excellent defender, his injuries are now becoming a genuinely major cause for concern, with the 28-year-old unable to string together a prolonged spell in the team.
He has now failed to finish a game three times in his last 17 Premier League appearances, which speaks volumes about how unreliable he is.
It may be that Bielsa has to start forging a centre-back pairing out of other squad members such as Pascal Struijk, Liam Cooper and Robin Koch, rather than relying on Llorente to stay fit.
In other news, one Leeds player has been tipped to leave the club. Find out who it is here.
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