The Blues had been firm favourites for the former Spanish international throughout the summer after being linked with a swoop in January – with Antonio Conte a big fan of a player he knew from his time at Juventus.
However, early on deadline day it became clear that Tottenham had jumped to the front of the queue in the race for Llorente – and they confirmed his signing late that night.
If the Spaniard had signed for the Blues, it would have even further restricted Michy Batshuayi’s game time at the club and a move away from Stamford Bridge, on loan or otherwise, probably would have been on the cards.
But, should the Blues be happier that they’ve kept the Belgian international instead?
Not only is the current Chelsea man a lot younger than Llorente, but showing his statistics relative to the amount of Premier League minutes he played last campaign should prove to fans that he’s the right man for the job.
It was well documented that Batshuayi spent a lot of the time on the bench in his first season at Stamford Bridge – in fact only playing 299 minutes in the league across the entire campaign.
Now when comparing stats with Llorente, who picked up 2443 minutes of Premier League action, it’s only fair to look at either percentages, or numbers per 90 minutes.
That evens the playing field a little more.
And, when we do that – it’s in fact Michy Batshuayi who stands out as the impressive candidate.
Despite only playing 299 minutes in the league, the Belgian international managed an impressive five goals, giving him an average of 1.51 goals per 90 minutes of action.
Llorente indeed scored 15 goals for Swansea, but at a much slower rate of 0.55 per 90 minutes.
Batshuayi also got the same amount of assists as the Spaniard throughout the campaign with one, and ended the campaign with an impressive 73% shot accuracy – 13% more than the new Spurs man.
The Belgian international also completed a higher percentage of take-ons in the short time he was on the field compared to Llorente – with a 60% success rate compared to the Spaniard’s 38.89%.
There were some wins for the Swansea City star however – who bosses Batshuayi in aerial duels and key passes, with the Blues star not managing any of the latter in his 299 minutes.
But, this closer look at the stats proves that Antonio Conte shouldn’t be too disheartened at losing out on Llorente – with a perfectly capable striker already at the club.