Report: Tottenham player may sign new deal despite contract expiring this summer

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have had some striker flops in recent years, with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Vincent Janssen failing to live up to the bill.

Fernando Llorente looked to be leaning that way too before a Harry Kane injury back in January, however, the Spaniard has been a huge asset for the Lilywhites ever since.

Llorente chipped in with eight goals and five assists this season in all competitions, including Champions League goals against both Borussia Dortmund and Man City (Sky Sports).

Llorente scored the goal that ultimately booked Tottenham’s spot in the semi-finals of the competition, before setting up Lucas Moura’s 96th-minute winner in Amsterdam with a flick on.

It was reported this week that Spurs had missed the deadline to extend Llorente’s current deal (Daily Mail), however, Sky Sports now claim that Tottenham may still discuss fresh terms with the striker.

Llorente offers something a little different for Tottenham, and the club may want to keep him around for an extra season or two.

Spurs Web Opinion:

After Llorente’s first season at Spurs, I didn’t see much of a point to the striker. Poch barely used him, and when he did it was only for the odd minute here and there. However, this season Llorente has taken his chances by the scruff of the neck and proved that he can offer a lot to this Spurs side. Llorente provides a unique aerial and physical presence for Spurs, especially as a plan B when the intricate stuff just isn’t working. I would love to see him at the club for another season, with an academy youngster like Parrott or Roles being brought through as a third striker.

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  1. Our primary focus this summer should be on stability and replacing quality with quality. Dele Alli and Harry Kane will get injured next season and Llorente now knows our system and our players and can fill in for both players to a good degree.
    It looks very unlikely we will keep Eriksen and Toby and we still have to replace Dembele and Walker, not to mention the nosedive in form of Wanyama and dier, leading to poch preferring 2 box to boxes in midfield.

    Wan Bissaka should be a priority early signing for right back with much of the cost offset by Trippier sale.

    NDombele looks like the replacement for Dembele, but his price looks prohibitive, Grealish (homegrown), Tielemans, Bruno Fernandes and Andre Gomes all look like different styles of box to box mids who could offer something and improve under Poch.

    If Eriksen goes we must be looking at Juan Mata on a free as he is capable of an even greater level than Eriksen but has been mismanaged for much of the last 5 or 6 years, since Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, plus his wages shouldn’t be an issue, Hakim Ziyech, Rodrigo De Paul, Isco, James Rodriguez or Joao Felix (maybe more of a dream that one) should also be brought in.

    Toby replacement will probably be trickiest, De Ligt is probably out of price range now, Joacquim Anderson and Baily are possibilities (although Jose Mourinho knows a good defender and he didn’t rate Baily so much as time went by), Nathan Ake is possibly too short at 5,11 to be able to deal with serious arial threats, Lascelles and Maguire have been mentioned in the past but Maguire would be too pricey and not sure lascelles is much better than Dier. Id say it is much shrewder to give Toby what Harry gets and kick on next year.

    This summer window and the impact of changes on next season is going to be tough enough without replacing players like Llorente who are doing a job well for us and know our system. Now its on to the champions league final…COYS


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