While competition for places continues in defence and in the centre of the pitch, Tottenham’s forward ‘line’ is pretty much settled with Roberto Soldado the lone man in possession with the back up presumably coming from Jermain Defoe should the striker pick up an injury or if AVB simply wants to change it round.
However, that situation, together with the fact that we’re still in September, hasn’t stopped the transfer rumour mills linking us with two strikers who currently play in Serie A. Stephan El Shaarawy is 20 and at AC Milan and while he’s a new face in regards to a Spurs link, Fernando Llorente has appeared here and on many other sites over the last two years.
Llorente only moved to Juventus in the summer but already there is talk of unrest and the suggestion that the player may leave as early as next January after finding himself down the pecking order with the Old Lady.
However, Juve director general Beppe Marotta has since moved to deny the rumours.
“There is no Llorente problem. Don’t forget that he didn’t play that regularly last season,” Marotta said.
“When we sign a player and hand him a four-year contract, we’re evidently not looking for immediate results in the space of one or two months.
“We believe in him and it is too early to judge.”
A move at this early stage does seem unlikely and with Soldado occupying just one available striking position, would Fernando Llorente be any happier with life at the Lane?