In what appears to be something of a U-turn, Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente has declared his allegiance to the club for next season. The Spaniard was speaking to Mundo Deportivo this weekend gone when he stated:
“I have no offers from any club in Spain or anywhere else and I will continue at Tottenham where I have one more year of contract.
“I am very happy at Tottenham. It is already my second year in England, the first was in Wales at Swansea and the truth is that it is a very positive experience. I am learning English and little by little I am adapting. I am very happy with the Premier League. It’s a spectacular championship, with an impressive atmosphere and I’m very happy to be living this experience.”
The likes of former club Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal and Deportivo Alaves have all been linked with bringing ‘the Lion King’ back to Spain this summer. However, it appears Llorente is very happy where he is.
Of course, Tottenham might not be so keen. Llorente struggled last season following his £12.1 million move from Swansea City. Brought in as back-up to Harry Kane, he struggled to find the mark when Spurs did ask him to alleviate some pressure from the England striker.
So this summer, it was assumed that Llorente would be off. The player himself has however never claimed he wants to leave and it now appears he is here for the long-haul.
So can he turn his Tottenham career around?
Whilst Llorente may have struggled at Spurs, he remains a brilliant player. His form with Swansea, Juventus and Bilbao highlights just what he can do.
The trouble, at times, was that Spurs did not adapt to play to his strengths when he was on the pitch. A phenom in the air, perhaps a tweak in tactics that sees Kieran Trippier and Christian Eriksen delivering more balls into the box would be a huge benefit for the Spaniard.
As it is, Tottenham’s efforts to find another striker are somewhat faltering. Number one target Anthony Martial certainly appears to be out of their price range.
With just one year left on his deal, Spurs are not going to make much money off a Llorente sale anyway.
Perhaps keeping him on board and seeing if he can have a 10-goal season next term is the best bet. It could be he proves to finally be a crucial super-sub in his second year in North London.