Noel Whelan applauds Leeds defender for protecting teammates in Burnley win
Noel Whelan picked out Leeds Untied defender Diego Llorente for praise after an incident involving him in Saturday’s win against Burnley.
Leeds continued their great form with an eye-catching 4-0 away victory at Burnley in the Premier League fixture.
Mateusz Klich, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo Moreno (two) were all on the scoresheet in a superb result on the road.
Whelan has highlighted the moment midway through the second half where Whites centre-back Llorente came rushing across the pitch to defend his teammate.
After Raphinha was tackled late by Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood, Llorente sprinted across to argue the case of his teammate who was receiving an earful from the Clarets man.
“You saw Llorente straight away in there protecting his teammates and I love that that,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds.
“It does show there is a camaraderie there, there is a togetherness there, there is a team there that wants to protect one another on the field.”
After getting over injury problems, Leeds are now seeing the very best from Llorente.
It’s great for him to show real character on the pitch against Burnley by fighting for his teammates, and there is no doubt he’s starting to really grow in stature.
The 27-year-old Spain international is a perfect blend of aggression and calmness when defending, something which has seen him form an ideal centre-half combination alongside Pascal Struijk.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has plenty of quality options to pick from in defence, but Llorente is surely the frontrunner right now for the starting position.