By Gabriel Agbonlahor

3rd Feb, 2023 | 1:00pm

Agbonlahor verdict on Leeds United selling Diego Llorente amid savage claim

Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Leeds United were right to ship out “slow and sluggish” defender Diego Llorente as he is “not good enough for the Premier League”.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Whites fans must “trust” under-pressure boss Jesse Marsch despite their precarious league position.

Leeds United announced on transfer deadline day (31 January) that Llorente, 29, has completed a loan move to AS Roma until the end of the season.

The Spain international has been limited to just seven Premier League starts this season despite the Whites’ defensive struggles.

Jesse Marsch’s side moved to add two new centre-back options to their ranks in the January window – with Max Wober and Diogo Monteiro both joining on long-term deals.

Leeds United sit 15th in the Premier League but could drop into the relegation zone if results go against them this weekend.

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Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think it was the right decision – Llorente wasn’t good enough for the Premier League.

“He’s sluggish, slow. He just doesn’t have the pace for the Premier League.

“You’ve got to trust the manager.

“He’s brought a number of players in that he personally knows, and he’s got to live and die by his sword.

“I think Leeds will be fine. They’ve got enough quality to stay up.

“Marsch has let Llorente go because he feels that it’s best for his team – and the fans have to trust him.”

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