Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world. Tottenham are lucky to have him leading their line, but they have struggled to find adequate players to follow him on the depth chart.
Vincent Janssen’s time at the club is likely coming to an end, and there are no signs of any new forwards joining before the end of this transfer window. Fernando Llorente had been linked with a move away, but he has now come out and said that he wants to stay at Spurs and continue play in this back-up role.
Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard has more:
Asked ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against AC Milan if he is committed to Spurs, he said: “Yes. I feel very good here and I would like to help the team more than last year and try to score more goals.”
“Last year I started with my arm broken and it was difficult for me. Now I am trying to get an opportunity to play games in pre-season. I feel very good physically. And I don’t have any [injury] problems. I’m 33 but I’m good!”
It’s true that Llorente was disappointing last season, but he seems to have the right attitude about this coming campaign. He understands that he needs to be better.
The Spaniard joined on deadline day last year, so he didn’t really have the benefit of a full preseason like he is getting this year. This should make him more comfortable with Mauricio Pochettino’s system, but it should also help the other Spurs players get used to Llorente’s playing style. Fernando is a target man at this point in his career. He needs crosses and other aerial balls played into the box in order to thrive. At points last season it seemed like Tottenham’s own players didn’t really understand that.
Llorente knows his role. He also spoke about being happy to play second fiddle to Harry Kane.
“When you don’t play every week, it’s difficult to be fit,” he said. “It’s not easy but I know the situation. Harry is an unbelievable player and he wants to play and always score two or three. It’s good for the team and I only have to be ready when my opportunity is coming.”
“Normally at other clubs, I’m playing and it’s easy for be to be fit every week but the situation here is different, so I have to change my mindset, stay strong and keep working because I think I can help the team at important moments this season.”
Part of the reason Spurs have had such trouble finding a back-up striker is because Kane is so unbelievable. He’s the face of the club and an everyday starter. A lot of players aren’t willing to come and be a clear second choice.
There was a time when it looked like Tottenham might buy a striker this window, but now that looks unlikely.
Kane can’t do it himself. He could have fitness issues at the start of the season, and he has dealt with a few injuries in recent history. If Llorente is called upon he will have to step up more than he did last year.