Brown Exclusive: This surprise Leeds star may benefit most from Llorente signing
Michael Brown has tipped Liam Cooper to hit new heights at Leeds United after the club confirmed the signing of Diego Llorente.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder admits the Whites are now “blessed” in terms of their centre-back options following Robin Koch’s arrival over the summer.
Leeds revealed on Thursday that they had secured the capture of Llorente from Real Sociedad and that the defender had signed a four-year deal at Elland Road.
✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 24, 2020
He joins 29-year-old Cooper, 24-year-old Koch and youngster Pascal Struijk as Marcelo Bielsa’s centre-back options.
Brown believes that Llorente’s arrival is great news and surprisingly suggested Cooper may benefit the most rather than be in danger of losing his place.
Asked what impact Llorente’s arrival could have on the other defenders, Brown told Football Insider: “They’re blessed defensively – they do need to improve but you can’t just blame that on the defence, it’s the style of play.
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“They’re trying to score four goals as well. They’re going to be more open if that’s the case.
“The likes of Cooper and Koch, they’ll want to keep learning. Cooper’s getting on a bit but his experience is great, he’ll want to learn from someone else, a different style to improve his game, and it’s strength in depth for Leeds United.
“We’ll have to see where Llorente’s at, what’s his fitness like, how much game time he’s had, whether he’s ready to go.”
Cooper missed Leeds’ opening-day defeat to Liverpool but returned to the starting XI for the win over Fulham at Elland Road.
Koch, who joined from German outfit Freiburg earlier in the transfer window, has started both games but conceded a penalty in each.
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