Why Tottenham Hotspur should not make a move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Fernando Llorente from Juventus, but they should not make a move.

Tottenham Hotspur have three recognised forwards in the squad, but none of them is reliable - not at the moment anyway.

While Emmanuel Adebayor blows hot and cold and Roberto Soldado hardly looks a Premier League player, Harry Kane is just 21 years of age and still unproven.

Lack of firepower has led to reports that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to sign a striker in the January transfer market.

Among the names mentioned is a certain Fernando Llorente, with The Express quoting Spanish reports that the Juventus striker could be on the radar of Spurs, and that he is 'available'.

Whether Tottenham are seriously considering making an offer for the Spain international striker or not yours truly does not claim to know, but it would be better for the North London outfit if they stay away from him.

That’s because Llorente is not going to do much at Tottenham.

Make no mistake, Llorente is a brilliant striker but there is a strong suspicion that he is past his prime.

Llorente made a name for himself at Athletic Bilbao and joined Italian champions Juventus in the summer of 2013, but his form since then has not been great.

Despite being among the goals in Serie A, Llorente has simply not been very convincing. A tall centre-forward who gives aerial presence, the 29-year-old combined well with Carlos Tevez in the 2013-14 season, but he did not fully convince the fans.

Alvaro Morata’s arrival from Real Madrid in the summer transfer market has increased the pressure on Llorente, who has not been at his best so far this season.

In 10 Serie A appearances, Llorente has scored three goals and created nine chances, while having a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of just 57%.

The Spain international has not fared much better in the Champions League either, scoring no goals and creating only two chances in three appearances while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 60%.

Llorente is struggling to adapt to Massimiliano Allegri’s tactics at Juventus, and one wonders why Tottenham will want to sign him.

As good as the Spaniard is, at 29 he is not going to get any better. If Spurs do recruit him in January, then they will be getting a player who has just not looked himself for the better part of two years (his final season at Bilbao was disappointing as well).

Tottenham do need a striker, if not in January then next summer, but they would be better off looking at someone else other than Llorente.

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