Finally there has been some Fernando Llorente news. The Spanish centre forward has left Swansea City for Tottenham. Spurs have paid a fee believed to be in the region of £15mil. Chelsea were also reportedly interested in the player.
Position: centre forward
Transfer Fee: £15mil
Contract Length: 2 years
2016/17 League Stats: starts 28 (5 sub appearances) 15 goals (1 assist)
Verdict: Tottenham have swooped in to sign Fernando Llorente on transfer deadline day from under the noses of Chelsea. Llorente had been linked with Chelsea consistently throughout the window but it is Spurs who have sealed a deal despite little signal of interest, at least publicly, before deadline day. Reports suggest Llorente preferred a move to Spurs over the Champions despite presumably a good relationship with Conte, who once signed Llorente for Juventus also.
It has to go down as a very frustrating window for Chelsea with a number of high profile snubs or at the very least an approach in the market which has lacked the assertiveness of their rivals. It could also be that they’ve just not ‘sold’ the club and their ‘vision’ as well as the others. It might even be that there is still a perception of discontent at the club with Conte’s future not completely assured.
In light of this maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that Llorente chose a relatively stable Spurs side. The reality is however he won’t be a starter at Spurs. Whilst the same could have probably been said at Chelsea too you’d have to feel that he had a better chance of games at Stamford Bridge given Morata’s inexperience in the league despite his price tag. Whereas at Spurs Harry Kane is very clearly the main man and almost undroppable and if fit will play without question. Spurs tend to trust him unreservedly if he hits patchy form and usually as a result Kane’s form returns stronger.
Llorente is in some respects an old-fashioned type centre-forward. His bread and butter is getting on the end of crosses and physically dueling with centre-backs in the box. Whilst Spurs are more than capable of varying their play, his profile isn’t an obvious fit for Spurs. Pochettino has shown he’s a shrewd tactician so you would trust he has considered this and will adapt accordingly. If Llorente is seen as an option to allow for a plan B during games then it could be a very good piece of business. If not then I’m not sure how successful Llorente will be even appreciating he has more to his game than being a simple target man; technically he’s very good too.
Time will tell but it was obvious Spurs needed a back-up for Kane as it’s a long season and Vincent Janssen has disappointed. If Llorente can get double figures this season you’d say that would be a good return for the limited game-time you’d expect him to get and should earn them a few extra points over the course of the season. At 32 years old, the rest may even suit him and his body.
It will be interesting and will need to be managed well. Whilst it’s not the most inspiring transfers in fairness it’s very difficult to improve Spurs’ first team looking at the players who have been available and within their budget so adding extra depth is a sensible approach as they did look light. This signing makes the squad stronger so therefore Spurs fans will be happy, besides not all clubs can say that after the window.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2017
Llorente good signing or not? How many goals do you reckon he’ll get this? Let me know below.