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Leeds United Ace Makes His Move To The Serie A: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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In a recent report, Gianluca Di Marzio offered an update on the future of Leeds United defender Diego Llorente. It is understood that AS Roma are set to sign the Spanish centre-back from the Whites on a loan deal before the end of this transfer window.

Llorente’s Season Of Mixed Emotions In English Football

Llorente is experiencing an up-and-down season at Elland Road as he has struggled to make himself a regular starter in Jesse Marsch’s starting XI. The Spaniard has been involved in 13 matches for the Yorkshire club during this campaign in multiple competitions.

The 29-year-old has been a rock at the back for Leeds based on his average of 1.6 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 3.0 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 83.4% of his attempted passes in the English top flight (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Yorkshire club is set to run out in the summer of 2026. However, he is not a regular starter at Elland Road and could benefit from joining Roma on loan.

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Elland Road

Llorente Set To Join AS Roma On Loan From Leeds United: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Llorente is a good tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his team on the defensive third of the pitch. He doesn’t hesitate to put his foot through the ball when needed and is a tidy passer of the ball as well. Llorente is primarily a central defender but can also fill in as a defensive midfielder or as a right-back if his manager asks him to do so.

Standing at 1.86m, the Spanish sensation can be a strong presence in the air as well. However, he has often found himself behind Robin Koch and Liam Cooper in Jesse Marsch‘s pecking order at Elland Road this season. At 29, Llorente has still got a few years left in him to play at his best. However, the lack of game time has lowered his confidence at times in English football.

Hence, a loan move could be a good move for the player as he looks to gain some confidence back by regularly at a club like Roma. Llorente is good enough to come back to Leeds United as a better version of himself next summer. Therefore, the Spanish talent’s loan move away from the West Yorkshire club could be good for everyone involved.

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