Signing any player is a “financial risk” in terms of potential injuries and Diego Llorente’s latest setback is part of an “ongoing frustration” for Leeds United.
That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Llorente limped off after just nine minutes of his injury return in the 2-1 win over Newcastle United last Tuesday.
The six-time Spain international signed from Real Sociedad in the summer but his St. James Park appearance was just his second in Whites colours after various injury problems.
The 27-year-old centre-back cost Leeds £22million and signed on a four-year deal but has now been absent for almost an eighth of his contract length.
Asked how damaging it was for Leeds to have such an expensive asset not contributing to proceedings on the pitch, Maguire explained how injury jeopardy and the financial risk it poses are inherent in every transfer.
“It’s a financial risk with all signings and all existing players, the clubs just have to take it on,” he told Football Insider.
“If you think about Nathan Ferguson at Crystal Palace. He failed a medical, then joined them having passed the same medical six months later, and now hasn’t played a match because he instantly got injured. Llorente is in a similar mould.
“It’s just an ongoing frustration. But it is just part of running a business with assets which can break down quite easily.”
Commenting on Llorente’s injury in his post-match press conference, Marcelo Bielsa stated: “He has a similar problem to the one he had before.”
“It’s a problem for him, for us, for all of us. In this moment, what worries me is Diego’s state of mind, given the succession of injuries he has had. It’s natural that he’s sad because of this now and we share that sadness.”