Danny Mills has full faith in Marcelo Bielsa’s plan to build the Leeds United defence around Diego Llorente.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England insisted the Argentine rarely makes the wrong judgement call on a player.
Football Insider revealed during the week Bielsa rates Llorente as the best all-round defender at the club and plans to build his defence around him next season.
Publicly, the Whites boss told the Yorkshire Evening Post the Spaniard’s recent emergence and Robin Koch’s early performances have been “high points of our season”.
The 27-year-old had managed just two Premier League appearances by February after struggling with various injuries.
He has now put that behind him and started the Yorkshire giants’ last seven games.
Tellingly, their defensive record has improved with Llorente in the side and they have only conceded more than once in that time.
The seven-times Spain international has recorded an average pass accuracy of 84.3 per cent in his nine Leeds appearances and won on average two-thirds of his duels, according to Wyscout.
“It’s hard to argue with Bielsa and what he sees on the training ground long-term,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s not been wrong that often with players. We maybe haven’t seen enough of him so if he says he’s the best defender then pretty much he’s the best defender.”
Llorente has partnered both Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk in defence with Koch’s time out coinciding with his return to fitness.
The German international has featured from the bench in their last three games and could play alongside Llorente against Liverpool on Monday with Cooper suspended.