Recent reports from the Evening Standard would suggest that Fernando Llorente’s career at Tottenham is drawing to a close with the player claiming he’s ready to return to La Liga.
The big Spaniard’s chances in the first team have been limited since arriving from Swansea for £15 million as the backup to lead striker Harry Kane, making only 18 Premier League appearances.
Now, at 33-years-of-age, we understand that Llorente wants to spend the final years of his career back in his home nation, where he’s already played for Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
Considering Tottenham’s current financial situation and frugality in the transfer market, it seems unlikely that the spot left by Llorente’s departure will covered by a player from another club. Instead, we expect Pochettino will dip into the youth system to pluck out one of the many young talents Spurs have in development.
With that in mind, here are two players that look primed to take up Fernando Llorente’s place in the team next year…
Sterling may not be as physically imposing as Llorente is, but he certainly edges it in the technical department.
Amongst his finest characteristics, his work rate off and on the ball and poachers instinct rank the best.
He’s already represented Tottenham at u18, U19s and U23 level, and finished as the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League 2 division last year.
Fans will be well aware of Sterling’s talents already and we’re sure they’re already predicting a promising future ahead of the player.
This isn’t necessarily a like for like change, but it could very well work.
Son already operates in a similar role – a midfielder turned striker when necessary.
Not too long ago the play style of Marcus Edwards was compared to that of Lionel Messi by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. He’s quick, has bags of ability on the ball, and knows how to find a pass.
Since then, things haven’t really worked out for the youngster who now finds himself in the Netherlands trying to get first-team minutes under his belt to force his way into the Tottenham team.
There’s no doubt that, if he performs well abroad, Pochettino will once again be looking at the Spurs Messi for answers this time next year.