Back in the summer of 2017, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente as he returned to the club from an impressive loan spell at Alaves. Since then, he has played just 23 times and made a mere 13 starts, yet his latest showed why Mauricio Pochettino was keen.
Spanish newspaper AS linked both Spurs and Liverpool with a move for the now 23-year-old, who was given his first start in the Champions League against Roma.
In a dominant performance in Italy, he broke up play every time that the hosts looked to counter attack and provided Santiago Solari’s side with an adequate replacement for the injured Casemiro.
It is a position that Tottenham have been trying to fill for some time, despite having numerous options. The likes of Moussa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier have all been deployed elsewhere and struggled for form and fitness at times.
The thought of Llorente and Dier in midfield would have given Pochettino a central midfield pairing which could have lasted for a decade with real quality in the middle of the park.
He may not have come cheaply at the time and could come back onto the market in the future, but the thought of Llorente in a Spurs’ shirt could be welcome for many fans.