The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been bitterly disappointed with the performances of Fernando Llorente since he joined the club from Swansea City last summer, so it’s no surprise that recent reports regarding his potential departure have been greeted with delight by the supporters.
Tottenham have struggled to secure the services of a back-up striker for Harry Kane who has the ability to perform to a high standard when called upon to replace their talisman. Vincent Janssen failed miserably in the Premier League before he joined Fenerbahce on loan last summer, and his replacement Llorente has been equally as unsuccessful in North-London.
But his lacklustre stint could be coming to a swift conclusion this summer according to reports in the Daily Mirror which claim his former club Athletic Bilbao are interested in bringing the 33-year-old back to Spain this summer. The report claims that Llorente is also very much open to the idea of making a return to Athletic Club, so it seems more than likely that a deal will be concluded during the transfer window.
With that to consider, Mauricio Pochettino must begin identifying a handful of players who could potentially fill the seemingly impossible role of Kane’s understudy, and one man who should be firmly on his radar is West Ham United’s top goal-scorer, namely Marko Arnautovic (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt). The Austrian international has been the most crucial component of West Ham’s survival bid at the spearhead of their attack by scoring 10 goals and laying on 4 assists within his 27 Premier League appearances for the club.
Arnautovic is naturally a left-winger, but he has demonstrated huge quality within a lone-striker role, so there’s no doubt he could slot into Kane’s position in the event of either injury or suspension. Arnautovic’s ability to operate in a multitude of roles in attacking midfield would also hand Pochettino the opportunity to deploy him out wide or in a number ten role behind the striker and, considering his level of versatility, there’s no reason why he should become disillusioned with a lack of opportunity.
West Ham only signed the 29-year-old last summer, so they will be reluctant to sell him on that basis alone, and that’s without considering the fact he has been their most important attacking outlet this season. Prising him away from the London Stadium certainly won’t be an easy job for Pochettino and Tottenham’s hierarchy, but if they are able to conclude a deal for his services they should be able to solve a nagging problem for the club and significantly boost their chances of ending their silverware hoodoo next season.
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