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Leeds United suffered a heavy defeat on the road at the weekend when Chelsea hit them three-pointers to maintain their promising title quest. Despite an early starter from Patrick Bamford, the Blues proved too clinical in their attack and made it easy to turn the game around.
Despite the disappointment, Marcelo Bielsa will gather his team to ignore the result and look to the next match. The Whites host West Ham on Friday and hope they can capitalize on their home advantage.
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However, he will be without center-back Robin Koch, who suffered a dead leg injury during the clash against Chelsea. The summer signing was replaced by teammate Diego Llorente before ten minutes had been played at Stamford Bridge.
The latter finally hit the field in his new colors after his £ 22,000 per week signs during the summer. He has missed all of the Premier League action so far due to his own injury.
What does this mean for Llorente?
While it has certainly been frustrating for fans to wait so long to see the Spaniard play, he has a golden opportunity to prove himself on Friday.
Koch has always been present in his debut season with Leeds, and has already established himself as one of Bielsa’s favorites. The German has received praise in abundance, recently being praised for his “Magnificent” performance against Aston Villa. He has established a strong partnership with captain Liam Cooper and this could be the setup the coach will go for for the rest of the season.
Llorente was not his fault, but he has fallen into the hierarchical order, while Koch and Cooper have played well together. Bielsa won’t want to upset the apple cart by making unnecessary chances, but the 27-year-old should see the West Ham game as his chance to put his foot in the door.
If Llorente does not perform well at Elland Road, he could jeopardize his chances of starting more Premier League games this season.
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