Former Leeds midfielder David Norris believes that should Diego Llorente repeat his second half of the campaign next year he could attract interest from bigger clubs.
Signed from Real Sociedad for £18m, the Spanish defender, who’s recently been called into Luis Enrique’s squad for the European Championships, endured a mixed first campaign in English football.
A groin and then hamstring problem kept Llorente out of the first 60 percent of Leeds’ season, but following his return in February, the defender quickly came a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s team.
In fact, prior to the final two matches with him missing only the final-day victory over West Brom due to a precautionary injury, Llorente started 13 games on the bounce in a three-month period, with the Yorkshire outfit losing just three times during that run.
Strong reports believe that Leeds are expecting offers for the Spaniard, but Norris thinks that following his injury struggles, it would be a major risk for other clubs, especially given the price-tag that’s likely to be slapped on him.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“I think Leeds will ask for crazy money, and everyone will be put off because of the injuries and the first half of the season.
“I think if he stays at Leeds and does as well next season, then I think he will have all of the big clubs sniffing around, but at this stage it will be a gamble for the money that Leeds are going to ask.”