Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente is highly likely to one of a few Spurs players allowed to leave Mauricio Pochettino’s squad this summer, with Palace looked upon by some as the potentially perfect destination for the 33-year-old.
With Christian Benteke struggling hugely for form all season, Alexander Sørloth still finding his feet in the Premier League and Connor Wickham having spent the entire campaign on the treatment table, there is no doubt that Roy Hodgson will look to strengthen his attacking core in pre-season, with Llorente providing a relatively cheap and hugely experienced option in what is always a fiercely competitive market.
You could quite argue that that 6’4 frontman offers more of what Palace have already got at the head of the side but with the likes of Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla having all had him on their books prior to his move to England back in 2016, it’s fair to say that the Spaniard would arrive in SE25 with the pedigree and confidence necessary to make his stay with us a success.
I’m sure there will be plenty who are dead set against a 33-year-old being brought into the squad over the summer but as long as he’s not the only striker we look to add before the start of the 2018/19 campaign, I for one wouldn’t have a problem with it. Fernando has bagged an outstanding 188 career goals in 575 appearances as a professional, leading me to feel as though he could still be a huge asset to us next term, despite his advancing years.
If the fee Spurs ask for isn’t too high, you can be relatively certain that Fernando would be willing to fit within Palace’s wage structure, meaning it’s just a case of personal preference on behalf of boss Roy Hodgson. Will he look to add a fourth big man to the club’s existing selection of strikers or is the story nothing more than a pointless rumour?
I can’t quite make my mind up.