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Jermaine Jenas hails Tottenham striker Llorente for stepping up

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Jermaine Jenas hails Tottenham striker Llorente for stepping up

Tottenham recorded a memorable 3-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night and are in pole position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Spurs produced a dominant second-half display by scoring three times in the first leg of a last-16 Champions League tie at Wembley, which means they are control for the second leg in Germany.

Heung-Min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente all scored in the second period, as the Premier League team proved their class.

Ex-Spurs midfielder and BT pundit Jenas singled out Llorente for special praise after his contribution.

The 33-year-old centre-forward came off the bench to score the third goal with a header from a corner.

“I think most people will know going to Dortmund the game can get away from you very quickly and that goal there (Llorente’s) is a very important one,” Jenas said on BT Sport’s televised coverage of Spurs v Dortmund (22:10, 13 February).

 

“He’s (Llorente) stepped up to the plate what more can you say. He’s had his moments where you kind of go come on you need to score that or you need to do better, but all-in-all stepped in and filled that void.

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TBR’s View:

Spurs fans can’t have asked for much more from their second-choice striker, who has done well to try help fill the void of talisman Harry Kane during his injury layout.

Llorente is a likeable member of the dressing room and the experienced head scored a decisive goal against Dortmund.

He has received his fair share of criticism during his time in North London and anybody would find it difficult playing behind Kane, but he’s proving to be an effective plan B.

Llorente has now scored seven goals and supplied four assists in just 20 games across all competitions, which is a great return considering he’s not a regular starter.

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