By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit Stan Collymore has told that he’s surprised Everton didn’t “push hard” to sign now Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente in the summer.
The 32-year-old made the switch to north London on deadline day, leaving Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed move.
He joins Harry Kane in Tottenham’s striker ranks, while Everton themselves are struggling for goals having replaced former star Roemlu Lukaku with just Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney.
Collymore himself feels a goalscorer is what the Toffees are currently lacking and he has revealed he is unsure why the Merseysider’s didn’t try to sign either of Llorente or David Villa in the summer.
“I was surprised they didn’t push hard for Fernando Llorente, who has a great pedigree, or David Villa, who is scoring goals for fun in New York and has just been brought back into the Spain squad,” wrote Collymore in his column for the Mirror.
“Could they have given Ibrahimovic’s agent a cheeky call and offered him a three-year deal?
“Any of them would have made a difference and had even one of them signed then Koeman might have been a little bit more inclined to agree with Mourinho’s assertion, or Mourinho less inclined to make it in the first place.”
Llorente has had a highly successful career to date, playing for the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla, where he has helped win the Serie A three times, one Coppa Italia trophy and two Europa Leagues.
He has also helped lift the World Cup and European Championship trophies at international level with Spain and he will now be looking to continue his fine record at Tottenham after bagging an impressive 15 goals in 33 Premier League matches last season.
Everton, meanwhile will be hoping to move out of 18th in the Premier League table with fellow struggling side Bournemouth coming up in the league next.
In other Everton news, Chris Sutton blasted this Toffees senior man following their poor start.