Marcelo Bielsa has refused to rule out further changes to his Leeds United squad in the final weeks of the window.
Diego Llorente became the Whites’ fourth major signing of the summer after penning a four-year deal at Elland Road.
He could make his debut later today, with Leeds travelling across Yorkshire to face Sheffield United.
And despite only just signing, Bielsa hinted he is ready to make his Premier League bow this weekend.
Asked if he was fit enough to start, Bielsa said: “I don’t have any physical preference compared to any other manager. Especially at centre-back which is a position where you run the least.
“So I think if he needed to play, he could. He was due to play against Real Madrid just before his transfer was agreed.
“As a result, if he was able or going to play against Real Madrid then he’s sufficiently prepared to play for us. But it’s true that this last week would have been atypical for him. He will need to meet his team-mates and adapt a bit more.”
Llorente joins skipper Liam Cooper, Pascal Strujik and Robin Koch as another centre back option after Leeds failed to re-sign Brighton’s Ben White.
“It’s not our plan to play with a back-three more often,” he added. “It’s not to increase competition because Pascal played a very important game at Liverpool.
“But also, yes, because for example in Koch's position he is the only right-sided centre-back we have at the moment. If he got injured we would have to get someone young from the youth teams or move Ayling or Phillips out of position. I believe, seeing as we don’t have Berardi and Ben White having left, it was necessary to be able to count on two players for this position.”
And after the arrival of the Spain international, Bielsa suggested there could still be further changes to his matchday squad.
He said: “There is likely to be a couple of incorporations into the team, but in the case they they don’t come, we will adapt.”
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