Well, what a truly bizarre season it has been for Tottenham. No signings, no stadium (for the most part), nine of the first eleven returning without a pre-season and more injuries than one could possibly imagine. Add to this an end of season collapse and what do you get? Top four and a place in the Champions League final. You couldn’t make it up.
What’s more, you ask? Yes, a man of paramount importance to their Champions League campaign has been none other than Fernando Llorente. The world has gone bonkers.
Now, as a Tottenham fan, you can’t just hold your hands up and admit you got it wrong. Because you didn’t. Llorente is no Harry Kane. Frankly, he’s no Roberto Soldado. This is indeed harsh on the man who has achieved so much in his career. But for Tottenham, he has scored two goals in 36 Premier League games and for a side that create as many chances as they do, that is nothing short of woeful.
Yet, he’s a hero – and rightly so. In Kane’s absence, Llorente has enjoyed a Moussa Sissoko-like transformation and turned himself into a more than useful squad player. Indeed, his rather bundled a corner home to send Tottenham to the Champions League semi-final. Obviously, he then all but bullied the inexperienced Ajax defence into submission, before Lucas Moura cemented his place in history.
You simply cannot fault Llorente this season. He has come in and done the job needed of him. But to suggest he’s an adequate back-up to Harry Kane is merely wishful thinking. It’s the time for Tottenham to push on. Let’s be honest, with a fully fit team, the 34-year-old isn’t even close to the starting eleven.
The Mirror have reported that Tottenham opted not to trigger a contract extension, meaning the Spaniard will reportedly no longer be a part of the squad come the start of next season.
Now comes the question, who can Tottenham actually get? The reserve striker position has represented somewhat of a conundrum for Tottenham over recent years. It’s difficult to get a young and affordable player to come in knowing he will permanently be behind Kane in the pecking order. On the other hand, they simply don’t have the finances of a Manchester City that can splash the cash on a player who will feature in 15 games a season.
Llorente cost Tottenham a reported £15m (as per The Express) and he’s now proved himself worth every penny. While his time has come to an end, fans will remember him fondly. But it’s time for a new chapter in the Tottenham era.
Tottenham fans, who would you like to see replace Llorente as Tottenham’s back-up striker? Comment below.
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