Having experienced something of a renaissance under the management of Francesco Guidolin, hopes are high for Swansea City ahead of next season.
However, the one pressing issue they’ve had to deal with this summer has been their lack of strikers. In fact, until recently, the Swans’ attacking arsenal was looking truly deprived.
Guidolin has fought to quell this crisis though, in particular, via the purchase of Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard has arrived with a ruthless reputation, but his debut antics certainly don’t bode well.
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One of the biggest reasons behind Swansea’s early struggles last season proved their faltering strike force.
Consequently, this summer has seen something of an attacking clear-out. Forwards Eder, Bafetimbi Gomis and Alberto Paloschi have all left the Liberty Stadium in the current transfer window.
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The man nominated to fill the void proved Llorente. On paper, it appears an impressive signing and somewhat of a bargain for a side that only reached the Premier League in 2011.
Besides, the 31-year-old is an ex-Juventus player no less and amassed over 100 goals during his Athletic Bilbao tenure.
Open goal miss
Despite this impressive reputation however, Llorente failed to meet expectations on his Swansea debut against Stade Rennais.
In fact, the Spaniard was guilty of an embarrassing open goal miss in the first half. It’s certainly not the best way to introduce yourself to a new set of supporters.
The criminal miss can be seen below:
Admittedly, every striker has their fair share of gaffes, but this takes some beating when it comes to open goal misses. The fact it was Llorente’s Swansea bow is what makes the mistake all the more painful.
The 31-year-old will, albeit the miss, bring goals to Swansea, but whether he’ll be able to reach the heights Wilfried Bony did is questionable. That being said, he clearly needs some fine-tuning when it comes to six-yard box poaching. Period.
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