Whelan purrs on admission to Llorente
Noel Whelan raved about the mental toughness Diego Llorente has shown since joining Leeds United.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football initiate, admitted to being impressed by the mental toughness of the 27-year-old.
Talk to Leeds official site, Llorente admitted that moving to England required a “big adjustment” and that he had a “difficult” start to life at Elland Road.
Llorente has only played once for Leeds before the start of the year due to injury.
However, he has started all of White’s last 14 games of the season except one.
Whelan announced the strength of character of the Spaniard.
Whelan said Football insiders Russell’s Edge: “He’s here, admitting he didn’t expect that kind of physique and adjusting to a new life, a new country and a new league.
“Sometimes it takes foreign players a season, a season and a half, to get used to it. Considering what he’s had to go through, it’s never a good time when you’re injured and you arrive in a new club, a new country.
“This is the last thing you need. It can sometimes hurt you mentally and psychologically because you want to be up and running as quickly as possible.
“But, in saying that, when you see how amazing he was in the middle of defense, he adapted pretty quickly.
“He has learned a lot in that short period of time. He had to adapt his game a bit and be a bit more physical considering what he was up against.
Llorente scored his first goal for Leeds in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in April.
He has played 15 times for White to date.
In other news, a team from the North West has opened talks to sign the rising star from Leeds United.