In an exclusive interview with SpursTV, former Tottenham striker Clive Allen described new signing Fernando Llorente as a ‘perfect fit’ for Pochettino’s Spurs squad.
Allen, 56, made over 100 appearances for Tottenham during a 4 year spell at the club from 1984-1988, and scored an impressive 60 goals in that time.
The former England forward also managed the North-London club on two different occasions as caretaker in 2007 and 2008.
In an interview uploaded to Tottenham’s official club website, Allen covered topics such as current Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, the upcoming match at Goodison Park as well as Spurs’ latest signing 32 year old forward Fernando Llorente.
The Spurs icon was full of praise for the experienced striker, labeling the new Tottenham number 18 a ‘winner’. He said:
“I believe Fernando Llorente is a fantastic acquisition for the Club, an experienced player who has been there and done it and I think he’s the perfect fit, I really do.”
“It will be competition for Harry, who in turn has the character to want to keep on learning, and will continue to do so throughout his career. You only have to look at Llorente and what he’s done..at every level he’s been a winner.”
“I’m sure he’ll play a big part and at this stage of his career, with the experience he’s had, he will be invaluable.”
Speaking of Kane, the two-time golden boot winner finally got off the mark while on international duty with England this season with two strikes against Malta on Friday.
However, the star-striker is yet to score in the league for Spurs this season, having been unable to shake off the August curse in Tottenham’s opening 3 games.
In spite of this, Allen is fully confident that now that Harry’s found the net for England, the goals will start to flow now that we’re in September.
“I felt for Harry in August,” He added. “Because he’s doing nothing different, he’s got the same attitude and mentality and it’s just not happened for him in front of goal.”
“Of course, the clock ticks over, September arrives and he scores straight away! There was never any doubt he’d score before too long.”
“He would have experienced little lulls and he’ll understand that he needs to keep his mentality strong and now he’s up and running again, there are absolutely no fears about the goals following.”
“Don’t forget, we’re now talking about an experienced player in Harry, he’s done it for a number of seasons. His level of goal-scoring in terms of consistently finding the net is the best around.”
Turning his attention to Tottenham’s game away to Everton on Saturday, Allen suggested that he anticipates a tough test for Spurs at Goodison Park, as the hosts appear to have gathered a diverse collection of threatening forwards over the course of the Summer transfer window.
“I covered Everton’s games against Hajduk Split in the Europa League for TalkSport,” He began. “Ronald Koeman has a lot of options now in different positions.”
“Gylfi Sigurdsson is a good addition because if there was one question mark, it was how they were going to replace Lukaku’s goals from last season and they now have goals potentially coming from different areas, not neccessarily the front men, but they can share goals around.”
“They have some talented youngsters, Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are going to be exceptional talents and there is a nice mix in the squad with those youngsters and experienced players like Wayne Rooney, who looks like he’ll be big influence on that team.”
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