By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that summer signing Fernando Llorente has been a “perfect” signing for the club as he revealed there is no age limit on transfer targets.
The club have been known for snapping up some of the best young talent across the world, having seen 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez and 19-year-old Juan Foyth both join over the summer.
While Serge Aurier sits just above the average age of 23.1 for signings under Pochettino at 24, Llorente was by far and away the oldest player ever to join the club while the Argentinian boss has been at the helm at the age of 32.
Prior to the former Swansea striker’s arrival, the most experienced player signed was Michel Vorm at 30-years-old, while the oldest outfield players were Frederico Fernandez and Moussa Sissoko, both at 27-years-old.
However despite an evident penchant for sourcing talent with their best years ahead of them, Pochettino insists that there is no agreement in place with Daniel Levy which limits his transfer targets based on age.
He also credited Llorente for his role at the club, describing him as the ideal signing as he is satisfied with playing second fiddle to star striker Harry Kane, stating that such an attitude is hard to find in today’s market.
He told the London Evening Standard: “Daniel Levy has never said to me ‘we cannot sign players who are over 25’. I promise you he has never said that.
“All we do is try to find a profile that will fit what we need for the club. When you look at Harry Kane’s form in the last few years, it is not easy to find a player who can compete with him.
“For a club like us it is not easy to find the right player under these circumstances. That is why Llorente is perfect. He fits very well in our project.”
The Spanish forward has had a slow start to the season having began the campaign injured with a broken arm, and has just two starts out of his eight appearances for the club, having failed to find the back of the net yet.
In other Tottenham news, the club are lining up a swoop for a 20-year-old midfield revelation.