Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United defender Diego Llorente could be “like a new signing” in the second half of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites full-back after spending over three months watching from the sidelines the 27-year-old will understand what is required to play for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The Argentine revealed this week Llorente could return from injury against Crawley Town at the weekend but it is not likely that he will start.

The Spaniard’s potential return comes as his Whites teammate Ian Poveda heaped praise on him for the way he has taken to Bielsa’s methods at Thorp Arch.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: He’s a really good player and we’re excited by what he has to offer us. We know we trust in him, we know he has a lot to give us.

Asked by Football Insider whether Llorente could be set for a huge impact when he returns, Mills said: “What we’ve seen from Bielsa’s signings before is he likes to work them very hard.

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“He likes to get them up to speed with exactly how Leeds play, the fitness levels he demands to be in his team. That can often take a little bit of time and with Llorente, he’s had a couple of injuries and been out the side. 

“Maybe he’s been working behind-the-scenes really, really hard to get up to those levels. If he hasn’t been on the pitch he’s had that ability to watch games, to watch training sessions to understand what he [Bielsa] wants. 

“So when he comes up as soon as his fitness levels are ready he’s going to be very, very ready to step in and play the way Bielsa wants.

“He’s played very, very few games this season so it’s almost like a new signing that comes in.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal an update on Leeds United potentially re-signing Eddie Nketiah after a surprise revelation to Alan Shearer.