Chris Sutton: This Tottenham signing helped make deadline day farcical
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken football pundit and former striker Chris Sutton has claimed striker Fernando Llorente helped add to the farce of transfer deadline day when he rejected champions Chelsea to sign for Tottenham.
The 32-year-old former Swansea striker was involved in a shock deadline day swoop by Spurs when a day before it had seemed that he was on his way to reunite with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
He was not the only player to have reportedly passed up the Blues either, as in the build-up to the window’s end it was well documented that both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley turned down moves to last season’s winners also.
Sutton, however does not agree with their decisions, specifically naming both Llorente and Oxlade-Chamberlain in what he deemed to be a “farcical” final day.
“This was the most farcical deadline day I can remember,” wrote Sutton in his column for the Daily Mail.
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“You had Riyad Mahrez leaving his Algeria team-mates only to end the day still at Leicester, while other players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente snubbed champions Chelsea to join other clubs.”
Llorente was a slightly surprising signing for Tottenham given that Spurs usually target younger players, but the Spaniard was also once deemed one of the best goalscorers in Europe and he will add some much needed competition to star Harry Kane.
The 2010 World Cup winner wasn’t the only player to complete a switch to north London on a busy deadline day either, as Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier also completed a move from Paris Saint-Germain.
The overriding feeling from Tottenham fans are that they are happy with the business their club conducted and unlike Sutton they will be especially glad to get one over Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Kyle Walker has explained his decision to quit Spurs.