According to a recent report from The Independent, Fernando Llorente could be set for a move away from Tottenham in January. The 33-year-old made the move to the North London club back in the summer of 2017 in a bid to provide an adequate back-up to striker Harry Kane, yet the Spaniard simply hasn’t been able to do that to thus call his future at the club into question.
And reports suggest that Athletic Bilbao are keen on re-signing the Spurs man in the New Year in a bid to end his Tottenham nightmare, but doing so would leave Mauricio Pochettino’s side short of options up top, which is why he must seek to greatly upgrade on the awful Llorente by landing Bournemouth’s £13.5 million-rated Callum Wilson (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, it was always highly unlikely that Llorente would ever dispose Kane of the main striker’s role in Pochettino’s team, but even when called upon by the Tottenham manager, the 33-year-old has struggled to produce the goods.
The Spain international has netted just six times in 37 appearances for the North London club and three of those came against Rochdale in the FA Cup earlier this year, yet only one has come in his 18 Premier League appearances for the club.
So while Llorente was brought in to be a better deputy for Kane than Vincent Janssen, who also seriously struggled the season before, the former simply hasn’t been able to do that.
But while losing him wouldn’t be too great a blow, it would leave Spurs short of cover in the final third of the pitch, which is why in-form Wilson is a man they should seek to lure to North London to finally sign a striker that will produce the goods.
The Cherries frontman has enjoyed a sensational start to the new season in Eddie Howe’s side in netting six goals and laying on five assists in just 11 Premier League games for the South Coast club, helping them to sixth place in the table.
In fact, the 26-year-old has failed to make a direct contribution in just three of those 11 games to underline just how great a season he is embarking upon, which is why it was unsurprising to see him named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming international break.
And with eight goals for Bournemouth last season, six the season before, and five in their first campaign in the top-flight, Wilson has proven his worth as a Premier League striker in recent times, and as such would be ideal for a Spurs side seeking to seriously strengthen their squad ahead of a run at major honours.
Like Llorente, the 26-year-old is unlikely to get ahead of Kane in the striker’s pecking order, but he’s certainly got the ability both in front of goal and as an accomplished all round forward to give the Englishman something to think about – it wouldn’t be as easy a ride as it has been for Kane ahead of Llorente and Janssen.
And with the former reportedly linked with a move away come January, Pochettino should be in the market for an almighty upgrade on the Spaniard in the New Year – Wilson is certainly that man.
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