Why Spanish Striker Fernando Llorente Is the Perfect Fit for Juventus
La Vecchia Signora managed to sign the Spanish bomber to a four year deal which would begin during the summer, as he now remains with Athletic Club until the end of the season.
Completely phased out by eccentric coach Marcielo Bielsa, Llorente has only managed one goal in 14 league appearances, often relegated to the bench in favor of Aritz Aduriz.
Llorente's attitude has been the reason why he has been relegated to the bench, as he's harmed his image in his hometown in hopes of joining a team with greater ambitions.
I caught up with two-time Balon D'Or host and La Liga expert Kay Murray on the topic of Fernando Llorente. She had this to say about his skill set:
If you forget this season, which Fernando Llorente is no doubt hoping to do himself, you will remember that this player was Spain's most in-form striker just a couple of seasons back. He's your typical target man, very imposing with great aerial ability.
He's particularly strong when it comes to scoring from set pieces. In recent seasons he had grown in confidence and learned how to combine his skills with his immense physical prowess to be able to offer more aggressive and direct aspect to his game.
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The only weak point in the Juventus formation is the attack. Last year, leading goalscorer Alessandro Matri only managed a paltry 10 strikes.
This year, it has been a revolving door up front, with each striker getting considerable time before an inconsistent performance would see them back in bench purgatory. Mirko Vucinic can be world class when he wants, but he isn't a goleador and inconsistent performances have shown he cannot be relied on week after week.
Sebastian Giovinco finally made his Juventus return but it has been met by boo birds recently, as Bianconeri fans have grown tired of his recent lackluster displays.
New experiments like Nicolas Anelka or Nicklas Bendtner have been head-scratching affairs, as the latter is not only injured, but in hot water both with Antonio Conte and the Danish federation after a drunk driving incident.
Fernando Llorente can have a Miroslav Klose like effect on the Serie A. An imposing target striker who will have space to operate while also having the necessary technique to hold up play and spray the ball back to the wing.
Despite Spanish strikers failing to deliver historically in Serie A, (memories of Jose Mari still plague my mind) Fernando Llorente possesses all the tools to be the target man Juventus has been craving.
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