Llorente leaves Tottenham
Fernando Llorente joined Tottenham in August of 2017 from Swansea City.
Llorente never really held down a regular starting place at Spurs. But that is to be expected when you are competing for a place vs Harry Kane.
However, despite Llorente’s lack of football, he was still a useful member of Spurs’ squad.
This past season saw the Spaniard make 35 appearances across all competitions, scoring eight and assisting five.
A few of the 34-year-old’s goals and assists would prove to be important for Tottenham.
For example, Llorente scored the final goal in Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final second leg vs Manchester City, which they lost 4-3 but made it into the next round thanks to away goals.
Llorente also provided an assist in Tottenham’s 2-1 CL group stage win over PSV.
Pochettino worried about plan B
However, Llorente would depart the North London outfit this summer when his contract expired.
Tottenham would not bring in another striker in the summer window.
With both Llorente and Vincent Janssen leaving over the summer, Harry Kane is now Spurs’ only out and out first-team striker.
The Daily Mail is now reporting that Mauricio Pochettino is concerned his side are lacking an attacking plan B after Llorente’s departure.
Llorente’s towering height was a useful option for Pochettino to have on the bench and his presence in the box alongside or in place of Harry Kane was a different threat for defenders to deal with.
The Mail report goes on to explain that Pochettino was open to keeping Llorente at the club with the striker being offered an extension.
But the Mail claims Llorente rejected the new deal, which was less than his previous wage, believed to be £75,000-per-week.
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