Some Spurs fans have questioned why Tottenham did not move to snap up Fernando Llorente after it emerged the centre-forward had signed for Eibar as a free agent.
Llorente had two seasons at Tottenham after arriving from Swansea City in the summer of 2017.
While the Spaniard was never first-choice in North London, he did a commendable job as a backup to Harry Kane and gave Mauricio Pochettino a more direct option off the bench in some games.
The former Athletic Bilbao striker also played an important role in Tottenham’s march to the Champions League final in 2019, with Kane out injured during the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition.
Llorente left Spurs after his contract ran out that summer and after two seasons in the Serie A (with Napoli and Udinese), the striker has now returned to Spain with Eibar in the Segunda Division.
Some Tottenham fans on social media insisted that the 36-year-old would have done a decent job as Kane’s backup at Spurs.
Should’ve brought him back will do more than Kane has done this season in one game pic.twitter.com/Tuv8NJx7uZ
— Alfie🇮🇹 (@N17Alfie) October 27, 2021
So we could’ve signed him this whole time? 😂
— 𝗧𝗢𝗧𝗧𝗘𝗡𝗛𝗔𝗠 𝗛𝗢𝗧𝗦𝗣𝗨𝗥 💎 (@ftbl_spurs) October 27, 2021
— Stah (@stah_xx) October 27, 2021
Fernando Llorente gives Emerson the season of his life but no we settle for this unbothered waste of space pic.twitter.com/RdcEqL9Wuj
— Aamir (Perisic Enthusiast) (@ThatSpur) October 27, 2021
We should’ve signed him
— Hamza (@HamzaSpursQPR) October 27, 2021
Nooo wanted llorenteback
— Guardian X (@Guard2anX) October 27, 2021
Why didnt we go for him fs
— BK (@bk_thfc) October 27, 2021
Letting him go and not replacing him was a turning point for us – in the wrong direction.
— Jill Lewis (@jilllewis33) October 27, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
While Tottenham’s failure to sign a backup for Kane is an issue, I am not sure Llorente would have been the answer. The striker did not get many minutes last season and there is a reason why none of the top-flight clubs (in Spain, Italy or England) went for him over the summer despite him being available for free.
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