The London Evening Standard recently suggested that Tottenham Hotspur were one of the sides still interested in trying to do a deal for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, as Mauricio Pochettino looks for ways to improve his attacking options before the return of the Premier League.
There is a real need for Spurs to identify a forward who can come into the squad over the next few weeks, which would help to take some of the pressure away from Harry Kane, who carried the Tottenham attack for large parts of the previous campaign.
The Standard suggests that West Ham United and Paris Saint-Germain are among the other interested parties, but there is value in Tottenham fighting to get their hands on the big Spaniard.
He’s got experience
Llorente is now 30-years-old and has experience to burn having played top flight football in Spain and Italy, with appearances in a high quality Spanish national team.
Tottenham have a very young and rapidly developing team and it’s very important that Pochettino has a squad with key players in important positions, who are able to provide a little bit of guidance to the youngsters coming through the ranks.
He’s got the physique
The fact that Llorente is a physically big and imposing sort of player is justification that he could cope with the demands of Premier League football.
He’s not the sort of forward who is going to be easily bullied in terms of his physique and that should allow him to get stuck in against some very physical defending, while also providing Tottenham with a very obvious aerial threat.
He offers something different to the skills which are already evident in Harry Kane.
Kane is a striker who relies on his movement to exploit space in front of a back four and in between defenders, while Llorente is a striker who can push into a defence, creating space for advancing runners from midfield.
That would benefit someone like Christian Eriksen getting forward to play in behind the main striker, while also giving Pochettino a Plan B if teams find effective ways of isolating Kane to keep him quiet.