Diego Llorente is a weak link for Leeds United when defending set pieces.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the defender had a match to forget in the 2-0 defeat against West Ham on Monday evening.
The 27-year-old was at fault for West Ham’s second goal as he failed to track the run of goalscorer Craig Dawson from a corner.
Later in the first half, Dawson once again escaped Llorente, his subsequent header hitting the post.
The Spaniard also lost the ball eight times, lost three out of six loose balls and made just eight recoveries, his lowest total across 90 minutes in a Leeds shirt to date (Wyscout).
Campbell highlighted Llorente’s set piece problem and insisted that the centre-back must improve ahead of a difficult fixture against Chelsea on Saturday.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “West Ham are dangerous from set-pieces. They’ve got a lot of big guys in and around the box.
“Sometimes you’re picking someone up but someone else makes a move and you get attracted to the ball and it leaves Dawson.
“West Ham were always going to ask questions. They’ve got good deliveries coming in. Llorente will be kicking himself because it’s his man.
“He doesn’t want to let his man score a goal and then come close to scoring another one. So he’s going to have to tighten up his defending there ahead of the Chelsea game.”
Llorente signed for Leeds from Real Sociedad in an £18million deal in September.
He has struggled with various injuries during his Elland Road career and has started just four times in the league so far.