This article is part of Football FanCast’s Opinion series, which provides analysis, insight and opinion on any issue within the beautiful game, from Paul Pogba’s haircuts to League Two relegation battles…
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move to re-sign Fernando Llorente.
The Spaniard’s contract expired at the end of the 2018/19 season and has yet to be renewed, despite his heroics in helping the club to their first-ever Champions League final.
The Daily Mirror reports that he has been offered fresh terms, but that the wages on offer are significantly less than the £100,000-per-week he was previously earning.
He scored the winning goal in the second leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City and was also integral in the semi-final comeback victory over Ajax.
Yet he was allowed to head off into free agency at the end of the season and that has opened the door for Troy Parrott to grab an opportunity.
The 17-year-old striker has won plenty of plaudits throughout pre-season after a number of dynamic displays leading the line, particularly when Harry Kane has been rested.
Pre season Winners:
Tanganga Just excellent
Parrott did very well
Lamela very lively
Whiteman never got a second
Georgiou not good enough imo
Marsh kind of pointless
Roles did nothing to stake claim
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) July 31, 2019
— T (@TimTrane) July 31, 2019
— James Forbes (@JamesForbes72) July 31, 2019
He was unlucky not to score in the 1-0 victory over Real Madrid, an excellent effort struck the post after beating Keylor Navas, and was a strong presence in the unfortunate defeat to Manchester United in the Asia Trophy.
He has yet to score for the senior side but, even still, his performances have been encouraging and his statistics suggest that he has everything it takes to make the step up.
Of course, numbers can be misleading for teenagers, particularly those who have yet to make the step up to senior football on a consistent basis.
He is still a promising prospect, however, having netted 15 goals in 12 outings for the Under-18s and two in 12 for the Under-23s.
Watch Tottenham Hotspur Live Streams With StreamFootball.tv Below
And so, Pochettino is faced with a dilemma: He could promote Parrott, the teenager who looks ready to make that step up and who could, potentially, grab it with both hands.
Or he could bring back Llorente, the experienced campaigner who turned 34 in February.
The answer is simple: Pochettino thrives when it comes to bringing the best out of young players and Parrott deserves the opportunity to start.
If it doesn’t work out, Spurs will have the January transfer window in which to potentially recruit a striker.
But they can’t go backwards by bringing Llorente into the fold; Parrott has to be the solution.