Allardyce suggests Fernando Llorente exit has seriously damaged Swansea City

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James Park on December 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Everton take on Swansea City in the Premier League on Monday night.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James Park on December 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he thinks Swansea City are seriously struggling to score goals because of Fernando Llorente's move to Tottenham Hotspur.

So far this season, Swansea have scored just nine goals in 17 Premier League games, by far the lowest tally in the division whilst remaining the only team yet to hit double figures.

Summer signings Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony have attempted to chip in with goals, but with little help from elsewhere, manager Paul Clement is struggling right now.

On Monday night, Clement takes his Swansea side to Goodison Park to take on Everton, who have a new-found defensive stability under Sam Allardyce, having conceded just one goal under his tutelage.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia at Wembley Stadium on December...

Ahead of the game, Allardyce has told Sky Sports that he thinks a key reason for Swansea's struggles in front of goal is partly down to their decision to sell Fernando Llorente to Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day in August.

“I think Paul (Clement) did an unbelievable job at Swansea when he came in last year,” said Allardyce. “He was so disappointed he hasn't been able to take it on from there. But like everywhere, there was a change around in players.”

“The impact Llorente had with Paul was one of the main reasons they stayed in the league and it has probably been his problem now, where they haven't got enough goals, or as many as Llorente scored, and hence they have not picked up as many points as they would like,” he added.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente looks on during a warm up before the UEFA Champions League group H football match Real Madrid CF vs Tottenham Hotspur FC at the...

Swansea pulled off a coup to land Llorente in the summer of 2016, snapping him u from La Liga side Sevilla, and he responded with 15 goals in the Premier League last term.

The Spaniard ironically formed a strong connection with now-Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, with the duo teaming up to get Swansea out of trouble last season, though both players can be a little disappointed with their seasons so far.

Llorente has yet to start a Premier League game for Spurs, whilst Sigurdsson has yet to truly hit the heights of his Swansea days, even if his recent form has improved – and Swansea will hope that they can finally produce a strong attacking performance without them at Everton on Monday night.

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