Spain’s goal-shy strikeforce: Llorente, Negredo & Torres the lowest-scoring forward trio

Goal :    Spain struggled in Seville on Sunday in their final Euro 2012 warm-up game. Even though Vicente del Bosque’s men created a host of chances, they were unable to find a way past Jose Antonio Camacho’s China resolute defense until the 84th minute, when David Silva struck following some impressive work by Andres Iniesta.

Before that, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres had looked wasteful in front of goal, while Fernando Llorente still appears to be feeling the effects of a long, hard campaign with Athletic Bilbao. Without David Villa, Spain’s deputies will need to do better.

Torres, Negredo and Llorente will be charged with scoring the goals for Spain in Poland and Ukraine, but the signs are not all good at the moment. La Roja’s three center forwards managed just 37 league goals for their respective clubs in 2011-12 – less than any of the other big nations competing at the Euros.

Llorente netted 17 goals for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga last term, while Negredo was on target 14 times with Sevilla and Torres managed just six Premier League strikes at Chelsea, giving the trio a meager return of 37 in total. Here, Goal.com takes a look at how the strikers from Europe’s other top teams fared ahead of the continental competition.

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