Fernando Llorente

{Profile updated 2/09/12}

Date of Birth: - Spanish

Height: - 6ft 5inches

Position: - Striker

Nationality: - Spanish

Current Club: - Athletic Bilbao

Estimated Market Value: - 15 million pounds (due to only having a year left on his contract)

Linked with: - Liverpool






Club Statistics

Athletic Bibao

2004/2005 season - 15 matches, 3 goals 0 assists

2005/2006 season - 22 matches, 2 goals 4 assists

2006/2007 season - 22 matches, 2 goals 2 assists

2007/2008 season - 35 matches, 11 goals 4 assists

2008/2009 season - 40 matches, 17 goals 1 assist

2009/2010 season - 42 matches, 21 goals 5 assists

2010/2011 season - 33 matches, 19 goals 2 assists

2011/2012 season - 39 matches, 29 goals 4 assists

TOTAL - 248 matches, 102 goals 24 assists

International Statistics


2008/2009 season - 2 matches, 0 goals 0 assists

2009/2010 season - 1 match, 1 goal 0 assists

2010/2011 season - 8 matches, 5 goals assists

2011/2012 season - 8 matches, 1 goal 0 assists

TOTAL - 19 matches, 7 goals 0 assists

General Comments:

Llorente is a very good player, of that there is no doubt. His best attribute by far is his heading ability, as it really is brilliant on how he is able to direct his headers so accurately with so much power. What's more, he does it week in and week out. He's a set piece's dream, as he just seems to score from them. However, he can also strike a ball very well. Once again,his accuracy of the ball is wonderful, as he seems to find corners of the goal tremendously leaving the keeper no chance at all. What worries me though is his ability (or lack of) to settle down in clubs. In his local club of Bilbao it took him 3 seasons to get up and running and you have to ask yourself, if he came to the Premier League, would he be given 2-3 seasons to settle down? No, he wouldn't. He is a very good player as I've said, but in my honest opinion, he wouldn't fit into the English game, as it is probably too physical of a league for him, and probably a league where players come under way too much scrutiny, because after all, it is the best league in the world. I may be wrong though, and he could potentially move to England and set it alight, much like Aguero did. However, I personally think that Llorente's style is suited to the spanish league, and not necessarily that of the English. However, he is a superb player and one I really enjoy watching. But what are your views? Do you think I'm wrong and he's actually more than capable of cutting it in the Prem?

The Business End of the Profile:

Fernando Llorente has just the one year left to run on his contract and is refusing to sign a new deal with Bilbao. He was very close to signing for Juventus this summer however in the end a deal failed to materialise. I believe Llorente will most likely leave in the January transfer window because of this and will probably be available at a cut price deal circa 15 million pounds. However it is possible he could be persuaded to sign a new deal to keep him at Bilbao but I find this highly unlikely.

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