With Vincent Janssen having struggled to make an impression since arriving from AZ in the summer of 2016, Tottenham Hotspur needed some potent back up for Harry Kane and they look to have succeeded. Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente arrived from Swansea City on deadline day and Spurs fans are right to be excited.
At 33, Llorente will continue to provide experience and following a prolific career in Spain and Italy, the forward proved himself with the Swans in 2016/17. 15 goals in 33 league matches was a healthy return and now he has signed up with one of the more high profile teams in the Premiership, we could expect to see more price boosts based around Tottenham’s new man.
Over a long domestic career lasting 15 seasons, Fernando Llorente has played with seven professional clubs. He started out with lowly Basconia and eventually caught the eye of Athletic Bilbao where he really made his name.
In eight years with the Basque side from 2005 to 2013, Llorente scored 118 goals in 333 matches across all competitions. During the latter part of that period, he was linked with a number of top sides across Europe and was eventually snapped up by Juventus at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
When you consider that Serie A can be a tough division for strikers in which to excel, Llorente’s scoring record of 23 goals in 66 league matches was a healthy one. However, he departed in 2015 for Sevilla where he struggled to make an impact, scoring just four times in 23 league matches.
As he passed the age of 30, Swansea decided they would take a punt on the striker and his 15 goals were invaluable as the Welsh side just held on to their Premier League status. It was an impressive campaign and one that persuaded Spurs to make their move and start the next chapter in the Fernando Llorente story.
Currently, Fernando Llorente is a free agent – his contract with Tottenham expired at the end of the last season. He could re-sign, since Spurs have made him a contract offer for a new one-year deal, but the terms are not as lucrative as the previous one’s. Other clubs are also observing his move, mostly Italian ones like Fiorentina, Lazio and Napoli, and teams in La Liga and the Serie A due to his earlier history in Juventus.
Llorente made his way through Spain’s junior ranks and made his full international debut against Chile in November 2008. It wasn’t long before the striker registered his first goal at this level, coming off the bench to score against England in February 2009.
He has only appeared sporadically for Spain, and after missing out on the 2014 World Cup squad, his international career may even be over. At the start of the new 2018/19 season, Llorente has registered seven goals in 24 full international appearances.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is Fernando Llorente’s scoring record over the recent seasons:
|Season||Domestic Leagues – Serie A, La Liga, English Premier League||Domestic Cups||European Competition|
|2018/19||1 goals in 20 matches||5 goals in 6 matches||2 goals in 9 matches|
|2017/18||1 goals in 16 matches||3 goals in 8 matches||1 goals in 6 matches|
|2016/17||15 goals in 33 matches||0 goals in 2 matches||Did Not Appear|
|2015/16||4 goals in 24 matches||0 goals in 7 matches||3 goals in 7 matches|
|2014/15||7 goals in 31 matches||1 goals in 5 matches||1 goals in 9 matches|
His overall record is therefore not exactly prolific but what we can tell from these stats is that the move to the English Premier League really revitalised Fernando Llorente’s playing career. However, with Harry Kane staying fit for most of the season, most of those appearances in a Spurs shirt came after starting on the substitute’s bench.
Types of Offers
Harry Kane remains Tottenham’s first choice striker but Llorente provides strong back up and we can expect him to cover in Cup games and when the England forward is rested or is injured. We may not therefore see too many enhanced odds deals for new customers unless the bookies know that the Spaniard is a likely starter.
When that happens, the likes of Ladbrokes, BetBright and Coral may issue offers that take the odds on Llorente to score and boost them considerably for anyone looking for a new account.
A more common deal may be for existing customers and the main players here would include SportNation and Winner Sports. Typically there would be a small price shift on Spurs to win and Llorente to score anytime.
We can’t guarantee what these will involve but we will bring you the best of these promotions as they are published so keep checking the news feeds for full updates.
The contract with Spurs is for two years and that will take Llorente up to the age of 34, a time when many footballers may have one eye on retirement. If, however, he stays fit and firing then there is a good chance that Tottenham may look to extend that deal.
Alternatively, the Spanish striker may go down a route followed by a number of ageing players and seek a big final payday in MLS football in the United States. For now, he’s a Tottenham man and Spurs supporters are excited about what Fernando Llorente can produce in North London.