Tottenham should sign Roger Marti to replace the want-away Fernando Llorente in a cash-plus-player deal

Tottenham should make a January move for Levante forward Roger Marti to replace the out-of-favour and want-away striker Fernando Llorente, with the Evening Standard suggesting that the 33-year-old would like to move back to Spain.

What’s the word, then?

Prior to Boxing Day action, the Spain international had made just 19 Premier League starts for Spurs since signing from Swansea back in the summer of 2017, and scored just one goal in that time as he has failed to challenge Harry Kane from the lone striker role at Tottenham.

Llorente was signed to push Kane to his maximum and offer a plan B in games that the England international and World Cup golden boot winner couldn’t put his influence on, but he has just looked like a square peg in a round hole for most of his time in north London.

With Mauricio Pochettino’s side still going strong in all four competitions, there is a huge reason for reinforcements to be bought in January to bolster the squad and ensure they go the distance on at least one of these fronts.

Why should they sign Marti?

At 5′ 8″, Marti appears to be a better fit for the system at Spurs as opposed to the lankier Llorente, whilst he is also bang in form and could be an excellent mid-season arrival for Pochettino.

The Spanish forward has hit eight goals in just 13 La Liga starts so far this season, but he is also one of those forwards, like Kane, who can still influence the match in terms of creating chances and getting assists when he can’t seem to find the net – something that Llorente couldn’t manage.

Marti is a diminutive forward but one who can outpace his opponents, keep the ball close to him with his dribbling skills, and also find himself in good goalscoring positions more often than not – Spurs could even offer Llorente to Levante in a cash-plus-player swap deal.

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