What sort of player would Fernando Llorente be for his Premier League suitors?

Glen Johnson England

Fernando Llorente has issued a come and get me plea to Premier League clubs saying he’s interested in a move to England. Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are all interested.

What sort of player would he be at all of the clubs he’s been linked to?

Arsenal

Arsenal would be likely to use Llorente as a target player or a central point in their attack. He is already very used to passing and creative football having been raised on the game in Spain. This means he will fit straight into the way Arsene Wenger likes to get his teams playing football and it would allow him to be effective from the moment he arrived at the club.

He is also very good at dropping off from the front of the attack to the top of the midfield to come and get the ball. This would allow Wenger to play him alongside someone else if the match warranted it or he could use Llorente to regularly feed the fast and attacking wide players that Arsenal have. His turn and pace is good so he can get into the penalty box quickly after laying the ball off.

Liverpool

If Llorente joins Liverpool then he will be the out and out goalscoring striker that the club needs. He would more than likely play alongside Luis Suarez in a two man attack with Suarez dropping off and causing the headaches due to his busy nature and the way he hurries around in the final third. All Llorente would have to do is focus on scoring goals and finishing because if anything, the attack would be based around him.

This would make it difficult for him to have an instant impact with Liverpool because he would have to change the way he normally plays. He would have to adapt into a creative and passing Liverpool side where the other striker at the club normally does what he does. However, Liverpool have looked very dangerous in the final third this season so his scoring ratio should still be high.

Tottenham Hotspur

Llorente at Spurs would see him taking a similar role to if he joined Liverpool. He would be used as the main man up front with the likes of Jermain Defoe running off of him and in behind the defence. He would have to make a slight change physically because he would be expected to hold the ball up more at Spurs than any other club.

This means he would have to get physically bigger and stronger because he will be under pressure from the opposition defence as he tries to keep the ball under control and then lay it off. The role Defoe plays in the team would allow him to sit at the top of the midfield when he wants to.

image: © Alfonso Jimenez

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