Noel Whelan has heaped praise on defender Diego Llorente after he made his Leeds United debut against Chelsea on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds striker and boyhood whites fan insisted there is a lot more to come from the Spaniard in the coming weeks.

Llorente was named on the Leeds bench for just the second time after recovering from a groin injury and was thrown into action after eight minutes.


This site revealed last week Robin Koch had missed multiple days of training but Marcelo Bielsa decided to start him at Stamford Bridge.

He limped off against the Blues with what Whelan has been told is a dead leg and which he expects to keep him out of this weekend’s West Ham clash.

Llorente was handed a surprise debut as Leeds succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.

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“It was nice to see Llorente,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“There’s definitely more to come from him because he wasn’t going to be used so early, if at all, in the game I don’t think.

“So he’s been thrown in without any under-23s football but he showed glimpses of his quality that he can bring to the team. His passing, he’s good on the ball. He likes to challenge in the air for those long balls.

“It was just nice to see him because we signed him for a lot of money and there was a lot of hype about him in the summer. It was just nice to see him out there playing.

“He’s going to get better with more game time and we don’t know how long Koch’s going to be out for but it’ll be good to see a lot more of him.”

Bielsa said prior the game against Chelsea that ideally, Llorente would play with the under-23s before being thrown into the first-team.

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