Noel Whelan has slammed Diego Llorente for his “terrible” defending after Leeds United lost 2-0 at West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites striker said he expected much more from the 27-year-old seeing as he’s been capped six-times by Spain.

An £18million summer signing from Real Sociedad, Llorente struggled when marking Craig Dawson at set-pieces on Monday night.

West Ham

Dawson lost his Leeds counterpart to head home David Moyes’s side’s second, while he hit the post with another header from a corner in the first half.

Lorente completed 83 per cent of his attempted passes and won 59 per cent of his duels at the London Stadium. (Wyscout)

When asked for his assessment of the centre-half’s performance, Whelan told Football Insider: “You are looking at a centre-half who is a Spanish international.

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“You have to do your homework beforehand. I knew that Dawson was their most dangerous, aggressive player from set pieces. In the second-half Bielsa rectified that mistake because he made Liam Cooper mark him instead.

“When you look at Dawson’s goal, it’s terrible defending. It’s weak and too easy. You do not expect that from a Spanish centre-half.

Leeds United defender Diego Llorente

“He gave Dawson so much room and freedom inside the penalty area. You cannot do that. It was a free header at the far post.

“We have been like this all season. Set pieces have once again been our achilles heel.” 

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