By Frank McAvennie

6th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit makes bold Llorente prediction after what he's spotted at Leeds

Frank McAvennie has tipped Diego Llorente to reach new heights with Leeds after scoring against Watford at the weekend.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the defender’s recent outing.

Llorente‘s goal gave the Whites a 1-0 win over Watford and secured the first three-point haul of the campaign.

The defender has been blighted by injury troubles since moving to Elland Road.

He had missed the club’s last two league games with an injury before his return on Saturday.

McAvennie insists Llorente can go to new heights if he stays fit for the majority of the season.

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“It’s great to return with a goal,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It’s also great to give your team that boost after you have been missing for a little bit.

“He’s been hit badly with injuries, he looked delighted on a personal level to help the team out.

“The boy looked happy enough when he scored, he looked rather excited. As I said, it was a boost for Leeds.

“The key is now staying fit, that’s what he needs. Goals are great but being there for the rest of the season is better.

“Hopefully he can go from strength to strength now and really hit new heights for Leeds.”

His recent knock was the third time in just 18 Premier League matches for Leeds he has failed to complete 90 minutes due to a hamstring injury.

Llorente has now made 19 appearances for the Whites since joining the club last summer.

In other news, pundit tips Leeds to move for a striker in January.