How Juventus Can Best Exploit Summer Signing Fernando Llorente

Matteo BonettiContributor IJuly 6, 2013

BILBAO, SPAIN - JANUARY 05:  Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao celebrates scoring his sides equalizing goal during the round of last 16 Copa del Rey second leg match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at Estadio de San Mames on January 5, 2011 in Bilbao, Spain. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Barcelona advancing to the quarter final.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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During the January transfer window, Juventus declared that they would bring in hulking Spanish striker Fernando Llorente from Athletic Club.

The player didn't join until recently this summer, and can now look forward to his new career with the Bianconeri.

After five seasons of scoring double digits in La Liga, Llorente managed only one league goal last season with the Basque club. Of course, this was due to the rift with coach Marcelo Bielsa, who shunned the striker affectionately known as El Rey Leon.

Llorente's attitude was the reason for his benching, as he made it clear he wanted to join a club with greater ambition.

Earlier in the year I caught up with Ballon d'Or co-host Kay Murray, who gave me a brief synopsis on what type of player Fernando Llorente is:

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.

Llorente joins a team that was previously starved for a true threat in the attacking sector. He'll partner up with another star signing—Carlos Tevez, and hope to create a formidable partnership which will spearhead Juventus to the upper-echelons of Europe.

An intimidating aerial presence, Llorente will see plenty of crosses flung his way from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah, who operate the wings for Juventus. In the center of the park, Andrea Pirlo can provide him the right surging through ball to get the Spaniard in open space, where he can unleash one of his cannon shots.

In the end, Llorente will have to brush off the rust that he has accrued in the past season, and hopefully will settle into the Serie A rather quickly.