Over the course of his career, Llorente has focused on doing his work 6-10 yards out from goal which is a large reason why any criticism of his sprint stats is misguided. As with any stat, context is king and Llorente's relative lack of sprinting isn't the sign of a lazy player, more one who is doing what he's good at and what he's been told to do. If you used him for an aggressive press you'd end up with the worst of both worlds, it wouldn't be very effective and you'd also then knacker him out making him less effective.
|Llorente's shot location in the League games over the last 5 seasons, focused on the danger zone|
|Majority of Llorente's activity is within 10 yards of goal|
|Opta have reclassified his goal v Everton as 'Other Body Part' but I'm keeping it as a header|
One thing that should be highlighted though is the comparison with Llorente's fellow Spaniard Baston. Looking at things now, Llorente seems a massive success (and supposedly coveted by Chelsea during the Jan transfer window) and Baston a flop.
Comparing their figures though, Baston has scored 1 goal in his 549 Premier League minutes. The fact that those minutes are spread across 18 games (athough only 4 starts) makes it feel as if he's had plenty of chances and not taken them.
As a comparison, in the first 549 league minutes Llorente played, he also scored only 1 goal. You could argue it's taken time for Llorente to settle in and for the team to work out how to make the most of him but surely you could put the same case forward for Baston.
Whether he'll come good at some point is difficult to tell but certainly too soon to write him off, even if this season (at least so far) has been a bit of a waste for him.
Opta Data via Statszone, Whoscored + Squawka