Diego Llorente could offer Leeds United a solution to their Kalvin Phillips problem but they should still sign a natural holding midfielder in the summer.
That is the view of former Whites and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Spaniard made back-to-back Premier League starts for the first time since his summer move from Real Sociedad.
Llorente’s time in Yorkshire has been blighted with various injuries all season but he has now put those behind him after completing 90 minutes twice within four days.
In Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, he caught the eye with his sharp passing and finished the game with a 91 per cent pass accuracy and 100 per cent accuracy when passing into the final third. (Wyscout)
With Kalvin Phillips injured, Marcelo Bielsa has turned to Pascal Struijk to replace him in midfield but Llorente has been also played the role during his career.
Asked whether we could see Llorente used in the Leeds midfield with Phillips still injured, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think he’ll be a decent player but again, it will take time for him to settle.
“He’s done it with Ben White before, he’s put Luke Ayling in that position, Struijk has been in there. He’s moved all these players forward.
“It’s still not easy, receiving the ball with your back to goal is alien to a lot of defenders. You’re maybe not put under as much pressure as you were once upon a time by all the teams in the Premier League.
“It’s a possibility but I still think if you can find an out-and-out holding midfielder who has played in that position their whole life you end up with a better situation in that scenario.”