Harry Kane vs Fernando Llorente: The stat that suggests the Spaniard could be a useful addition

Tottenham Hotspur are desperate for attacking reinforcements, with the Juventus striker a reported target.

Fernando Llorente has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur by TMW recently after struggling to settle in his two seasons at Juventus.

The striker would be joining a Spurs side in dire need of attacking reinforcements, with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly not up to the task.

We’ve compared the Juve striker’s league statistics last season with that of Spurs’ main man, Harry Kane, to see how he stacks up:

  GoalsAssistsDribbles (per game)Aerial Duels WonKey PassesPass AccuracyAppearances
Harry Kane 21 4 1.5 26% 0.8 75.2% 34
Fernando Llorente 7 1 1 52% 0.7 70.2% 31

Kane unsurprisingly comes out on top in most areas, considering his fantastic campaign last year, and managed 14 more goals than the Spaniard in just three more appearances.

The England international grabbed more assists - 4 to Llorente's 1 - and completed more successful dribbles per game at 1.5 compared with Llorente's 1.

Kane's passing was also more impressive, edging it on key passes per game at 0.8 to the Spaniard's 0.7, and boasting a higher pass accuracy with 75.2% to Llorente's 70.2%.

The 6'5 striker predictably comes out on top in the aerial duels won category, recording an impressive 52% win record compared to Kane's 26%.

It's this area where Llorente's signing begins to make sense for Spurs. Kane is more than adequate with his hold-up play but is not a true target-man and the Juve striker would provide Spurs with exactly that.

At 6'3, Adebayor should have been that man for Tottenham but hasn't often used his physicality well enough against opposing centre-backs.

Llorente's arrival would also provide more versatility in the Spurs attack by allowing cover for Christian Eriksen.

Rather than simply coming in as a back up for Kane, the 30-year old could be used as a target-man for Kane to play off in the number 10 role he has already shown proficiency in.

There will naturally be scepticism over signing another ageing Spanish striker, but Llorente was always a better fit for the Premier League than Roberto Soldado.

His signing could prove to be the shrewdest piece of business Spurs do all summer.

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