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Spurs should never have allowed Llorente to leave the club

Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with strikers.

The Independent claims that AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and PSG’s Edinson Cavani have all been mooted as potential options to solve a major shortage up front.

With Harry Kane injured, there is another option the report names: Napoli’s Fernando Llorente.

That name might ring a few bells in north London, particularly given that he was unceremoniously chucked aside as his contract expired in the summer of 2019.

He could have been an option, a proper reinforcement in the case of an injury to Kane, but instead, he was sent away with little fanfare.

This after a season in which he was absolutely integral to the club reaching the Champions League final, you guessed it, without Kane. He was injured in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City and it was Llorente who scored the decisive second leg goal at the Etihad Stadium.

Then there was that night in Amsterdam when the Spaniard came off the bench to provide the knockdown in the build-up to Lucas Moura’s superb hat-trick goal.

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In total, the 34-year-old scored eight goals in all competitions and provided five assists; he made just 11 starts.

He was the archetypal back-up striker, the player who could jump in at a moment’s notice from the bench and potentially provide a spark of inspiration without any likelihood of complaints about his lack of game time.

He was unique in his abilities and in his belief about what he required in terms of playing regularly.

Were Spurs right to let Llorente go?

Yeah, they don't miss him!

Yeah, they don't miss him!

No, they should have kept him!

No, they should have kept him!

But Spurs and Daniel Levy decided to look a gift horse in the mouth and sent him on his way, as he moved to Napoli on a free transfer.

Bringing him back would be admitting the initial error and at this point, feels remarkably unlikely.

The fact of the matter is this; he should never have been allowed to leave in the first place.

Meanwhile, Spurs fans have reacted to a potentially massive swap deal involving Christian Eriksen.

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