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 North London back in the summer of 2017 after impressing at Swansea City, but he has since struggled for regular football under Mauricio Pochettino to plunge his future into doubt.
And reports suggest that Athletic Bilbao are eyeing up a reunion with the Spurs striker in the New Year, and given how ineffective the Spaniard has been during his time at the North London club, Pochettino’s worst signing simply must seek to leave in January.
Ultimately, the 33-year-old made the move to Tottenham last year in a bid to provide Pochettino with the ideal back-up to England international Harry Kane, having produced the goods at Swansea the season before to underline his ability in the English top-flight.
Yet the Spain international simply hasn’t been able to deliver in North London with just six goals in 37 appearances for Pochettino’s side, three of which came in the FA Cup last season in their thumping 6-1 replay victory over Rochdale at Wembley, and only one which has come in the Premier League.
Thus, while he was always unlikely to dispose Kane on the main striker’s role at the club, he simply hasn’t been reliable and thus proven his worth when called upon by manager Pochettino, making his addition without doubt one of the worst, if not the worst given Moussa Sissoko’s solid start to the season, signings the Spurs manager has made.
And with his contract up in the summer and no sign of an extension, it would be in Spurs’ best interests to let him leave in January, while it would also be in the best interests of the player himself in a bid to salvage a few more years out of a fine career.
At the age of 33, Llorente hasn’t got a huge amount of time left in the game and surely won’t want to be playing second-fiddle to Kane in the latter years of his playing career – a move away makes complete sense.
And with Spurs unlikely to miss Llorente’s presence too greatly, despite a solid cameo against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in midweek, it is without doubt in the best interests of both parties for the striker to leave come January.
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