After seeing his side score just 39 times in 38 games last season, Alan Pardew has been linked with a summer move for the former Juventus striker Fernando Llorente.
Many will know the frontman best from his time at Athletic Bilbao, where he bagged an astounding 118 goals in 333 games, before seeing his relationship with the manager and supporters sour in the final year or so of his stay after being dropped from the starting XI.
There were plenty of fans across Bilbao who felt as though his subsequent move to Juventus would fall flat, but in an impressive first season with the Italian giants, he bagged 18 times in 45 appearances, proving to any doubters that he unquestionably still had a golden touch in front of goal.
The frontman now finds himself on the books of Sevilla, where he has amassed a record of seven goals in 31 appearances. Whilst only managing four in 22 league games last term, his record in the Europa League was superb, seeing him score three goals in just four games for the eventual Europa League winners.
Renowned for his towering aerial presence, there is a good chance that a role as a lone frontman in a 4-5-1 or as the central cog of a front three in a 4-3-3 formation would suit Llorente well at Selhurst Park. Of course, now that he’s over 30, questions will inevitably be raised about his physical suitability to the Premier League, but you need only look towards the success Glenn Murray enjoyed when flanked by Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie to imagine the possibilities with Fernando in the six-yard box.
As you can see from the video attached at the top of the page, Llorente, who has a games-to-goals ratio of 2.92 over the course of 488 career appearances, knows where the back of the net is at all times. Of course, the asking price from Seville will dictate how seriously we pursue the striker in the days and weeks to come, but if their demands aren’t too astronomical, it is a potential transfer which makes a large amount of sense on our part.