Can you hear the drums? Fernando Llorente has said that he expects that he’ll be staying at Tottenham Hotspur for another season. That’s despite an exceptionally underwhelming performance in his first year at White Hart Lane that saw him tally five goals and one assist in all competitions, and play just 223 minutes in the Premier League all season.
The quotes are in the Spanish paper Mundo Deportivo while Llorente was in Spain modeling his Skull Rider sunglasses line.
“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.”
Soooooo that’s not exactly GREAT news for Spurs. Llorente and Vincent Janssen are both still Tottenham Hotspur strikers, and it sure doesn’t appear that either one of them are set to get any more minutes. But at least Janssen looks like he has interest from other clubs for his services. Llorente all but admitted that nobody wants him so he’s going to stick around.
And truthfully he can be useful at times — he holds the ball up well and can be perfectly acceptable to throw into matches in the dying moments to give Harry Kane a breather. He’s also reportedly a very good teammate. But he probably shouldn’t be anywhere near Spurs’ Champions League squad next season, if he stays.
Honestly, as handsome as he is I’d rather punt him to somewhere... anywhere... for a small bit of cash that we can reinvest in the squad since he has virtually no resale value. There’s still a lot more transfer window left so let’s not give up too quickly. Hmm, maybe Marcelo Bielsa will take a chance on him at Leeds?