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Made for the Premiership: Fernando Llorente
Which Spanish player would fit better in the English Premier League’s playing style? If you asked this question to any football expert from the Iberian country, most of them would choose the same one: Fernando Llorente. Yes, that young guy who scored against England in Seville and did likewise against South Africa in the Confederations Cup.
The 24-year-old footballer was last year’s key for Athletic to reach the Spanish Cup final, where they got beaten against that unstoppable Barcelona – he also performed well in La Liga, where he netted 13 times.
However, Fernando’s greatest asset is not effectiveness towards the opposite goal (though he’s not bad at all), but the possibilities he gives to his teammates when they have the ball controlled in or next to the rival’s box.
Physically, ‘The Lion King’ looks like that typical slow and clumsy centre forward, but he surprises everyone when he touches the ball with his feet – he’s skilful and has the same virtues than those common and tall strikers, such as Luca Toni or Jan Koller.
His name was previously linked to Tottenham Hotspur when Juande Ramos was still on charge in White Hart Lane – they are not the only British team interested in signing him up, as far as we know. Plus, he’s being one of the stars in this season’s start-up in La Liga and as soon as you watch him on telly, you realise he won’t stop growing both personally and professionally till he reaches the top.