West Ham must avoid Llorente

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If there has been one thing that has been missed at West Ham in years gone by, it is the striker who can guarantee them goals consistently every season.

Andy Carroll was released recently after a not so impressive few years with the Hammers, and that must be used to turn a new page at the London Stadium.

The transfer window started positively in terms of forwards being linked with the club. A move for Maxi Gomez was revealed after the club reportedly had an offer rejected for the young Celta Vigo striker.

Despite this, it was revealed by the reliable ExWHUemployee on their personal Twitter account that the London club were monitoring the situation revolving Spurs’ striker Fernando Llorente, who has yet to be offered a new deal by his club.

This must not be the case, and Manuel Pellegrini must learn from previous mistakes by not offering Llorente a deal to move to West Ham.

34-year-old Llorente endured a dreadful season for Spurs in the last Premier League campaign, performing no better than Carroll who missed most of the season through injury.

The England international offered more than Llorente, who won one less aerial duel (2.7) compared to the former Hammers forward (3.8) [WhoScored].

Both were used in similar roles when they were to come on towards the end of fixtures if they were being frustrated by their opponents to try and unlock defences using the long ball.

A move for the £75,000-per-week forward [Spotrac] would be a step in the wrong direction from Pellegrini, who must take the club in a new direction with a more skillful forward who can affect games from the start and not just in the last ten minutes.

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