Exit reports harsh on Fernando Llorente, but Spurs making right call

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (CL) vies with West Bromwich Albion's French-born Cameroonian defender Allan Nyom (CR) during the English Premier League football...

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly willing to sell Fernando Llorente at the end of the season.

Fernando Llorente in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

It is safe to say that life at Tottenham has not exactly gone to plan for Fernando Llorente since his £14 million summer move from Swansea City - fee reported by the Guardian - with just five goals coming in 28 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Nevertheless, the 33-year-old may feel that it was a little harsh of Mauricio Pochettino to leave him on the bench when Harry Kane picked up a first-half injury against Bournemouth on Sunday, and may be somewhat surprised by reports linking him with the exit this summer.

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The London Evening Standard reported earlier today that Llorente is set to be available for a move at the end of the season - and that is arguably a fairly ruthless call from Pochettino.

The Spaniard has not been prolific by any means, but he was never signed to be Tottenham's main source of goals and would not have expected to feature prominently in the league.

He currently boasts one Premier League start for Spurs. And while he has still not been overly impressive in the other competitions where he has started regularly, it must be difficult for the striker to get any momentum going when he cannot enjoy a prolonged run of games.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham scores his team's second goal of the game during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale on February 28, 2018 in...

It may be a harsh decision, but in fairness to Tottenham, it is difficult to argue that it is anything other than the right one given that his contract expires at the end of next season, according to transfermarkt.

Selling him this summer should see Spurs recoup a decent amount of the money that they spent on him as he has shown throughout his career that he can be a very good option to have.

And with Pochettino able to call up a handful of exciting strikers who have been prolific for the youth sides this term, it may make sense to rely on the likes of Son Heung-min and perhaps even currently-exiled Vincent Janssen to support Kane and then pluck a prospect from the academy when required. 

Llorente moving to Spurs in the summer appeared to be a brilliant deal for both the club and the player. Less than one year on, it appears that a deal that sees him leave at the end of this season may make just as much sense to all involved. 

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