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Fernando Llorente shows Mauricio Pochettino he can still play a role for Spurs

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Fernando Llorente shows Mauricio Pochettino he can still play a role for Spurs

The Spaniard had a big impact in the 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham Hotspur picked up a crucial win against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League last night. A goal from Harry Kane and an own goal by Trent Sainsbury saw Spurs pick up the win, which keeps their hopes of Champions League progress continuing.

Harry Kane took all the plaudits after Spurs picked up the win. He equalised and his header saw the Australian defender turn beyond his own stopper.

However, one man put in a performance that deserved plenty of credit which he does not usually get.

Tottenham Hotspur’s English striker Harry Kane (R) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with Tottenham Hotspur’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (L) during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 6, 2018. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Fernando Llorente was thrown into the game late on by Mauricio Pochettino. The Spanish striker has barely featured for Spurs this season. He has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League.

 

However, in his minute cameo, he offered Spurs a different threat. Getting the ball into the box quickly with the imposing Llorente and Kane present gave PSV plenty of trouble. Indeed, it was Llorente who set up Kane for the first goal. It certainly was not pretty, but it proved effective enough.

He also nearly bagged a goal himself. His header saved by Jeroen Zoet.

Considering the attacker, who cost a reported £12.1 million in August 2017, also recently found the net against West Ham, perhaps Llorente still has a big role to play for the club before his contract expires in the summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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