Swansea boss Paul Clement has defended Fernando Llorente against accusations that the World Cup winner does not work hard enough.

Swans boss defends striker

Swans boss defends striker

Llorente is relegation-threatened Swansea's top scorer with 11 goals, five of them coming since Clement was appointed manager at the start of January.

But the Spain veteran was singled out for criticism by Frank Lampard in his role as a Match of the Day pundit last weekend.

The former England midfielder questioned Llorente's body language after Swansea lost 1-0 at Watford, saying: "You wonder where he is in the head."

Lampard also pointed to data which suggested the Spaniard had sprinted only 19.2 metres in the 81 minutes he was on the pitch at Vicarage Road.

But Clement made a strong defence of Llorente's work rate - even though Swansea's own statistics indicated the 32-year-old did not make one sprint against Watford.

"We do look at the stats and believe it or not that is 20 metres more than he has done in other games," Clement said.

"They (the BBC) are taking their data from one source but our data is from the GPS trackers the players wear in the back of their shirts.

"At Liverpool - where he scored twice - he sprinted zero metres, it was the same against Watford.

"That figure would not have been mentioned if we had won at Watford or played differently.

"It was never an issue in the game against Burnley (where another Llorente brace included a last-minute winner). Burnley, he sprinted at 34 metres, his highest sprint stats under me is 65 metres."