Why Tottenham's reported interest in Juventus forward Fernando Llorente would be a mistake

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Tottenham Hotspur should look elsewhere before parting with £16 million to sign Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente by the Daily Star, but they should avoid pushing for a deal. 

Spurs are apparently prepared to offer £16 million to Juve for the Spanish international forward, but he is not a player who presents the right fit for the London club at this moment in time.

Llorente has struggled for form ever since leaving Athletic Bilbao back in 2013 and bringing him in at that price would be a huge risk for the Lilywhites. 

Spurs have seen that spending big on strikers with no prior experience of English football can be a gamble, after Roberto Soldado's struggles at White Hart Lane, and to do so again with Llorente could prove misguided.

The powerful forward has scored just 23 times in 72 appearances for Juve and it is hardly a ratio which suggests that he would be a great fit for Spurs.

Although Llorente has the physical stature to cope with the demands of the Premier League, there are question marks which arise over his mobility and that means he also looks ill-suited to a Mauricio Pochettino team.

The Argentine manager demands that his team press from the front, with even their most attacking players required to contribute in a defensive sense, and Llorente would be unlikely to be able to fulfil this role.

Although he has coped well in a fast-paced team before, when Marcelo Bielsa was in charge at Bilbao, he was used solely as a target-man there and Spurs would not afford him the luxury of simply being an attacking outlet. 

In Spurs' current approach, Harry Kane performs a role in the side where he presses and harries oppositions players, with Tottenham determined to press from the front, and Llorente is unlikely to be capable of doing similar. 

The transfer, therefore, does not look like one which would fit well for Spurs and it is hard not to think that they would be better investing their £16 million on another target. 

Tottenham have already been linked with Danny Ings by the Daily Mirror, Saido Berahino by the Daily Mail and HITC wrote recently suggesting why they should go for Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic and any of these three players would surely make a better signing than Llorente.

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