Why Tottenham should have re-signed Fernando Llorente
Tottenham were one of the big players in the transfer window this summer. Kieran Trippier and Vincent Janssen were two major players who were sent off the books, but the real work was done in signing four stars.
Tanguy Ndombele has already made a huge impact for Spurs while Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso will be in action soon.
Jack Clarke is a young talent with tons of potential, and his performances at Leeds United should be tracked.
The one thing missing in Tottenham’s summer transfers was a backup for Harry Kane. The England captain had two major ankle injuries last season, however, he looks fresh and fit at the moment.
Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura can play up top, while Troy Parrott could feature in some of the domestic cup games.
Spurs were also linked with Fernando Llorente in the summer. The Spaniard was a free agent after leaving Tottenham at the end of last season, and the Evening Standard reports that Spurs were unable to re-sign their former player.
A mistake not re-signing the forward
Llorente is not the fastest or the most mobile striker in the Premier League, and at 34, he doesn’t have several years at the top level too.
However, the Spaniard is a great aerial threat and provided Tottenham with a different dimension in the attack last season. The former Swansea star scored a couple of goals in the Premier League last season and got one each in the FA Cup and Champions League.
However, his contribution in the Champions League was immense. Llorente scored the third goal in the away leg against Manchester City and turned the game around against Ajax.
The Spaniard came off the bench and his performance was one reason why Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 away win.
Llorente would not start many games under Mauricio Pochettino even if he rejoins Tottenham, but the Spaniard knows the team well and everyone knows what he would bring to the team.
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Tottenham cannot sign any players until the winter window but signing free agents is a possibility. Lacking a cover for Kane could be a problem this season.
Spurs don’t have a striker who would bring something different to their game, and it will be interesting to see how the season goes for Pochettino’s team.
Llorente could have been kept for another season but it now seems likely he will end up in Italy (h/t Standard).