Ledley King believes that Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente was “unlucky” not to score in the win over Huddersfield Town, but was impressed by his overall contribution.
Spurs leapfrogged Chelsea into third in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon by cruising to a third straight win in their new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who had seven alterations from the Champions League win over Manchester City, ran out 4-0 victors against already relegated Huddersfield.
Lucas Moura’s hat-trick and an opener from Victor Wanyama ensured a home win, which was more impressive considering the injury absences of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
With Heung-Min Son named on the bench to give him a rest, Llorente got the chance to lead the line for Spurs.
The 34-year-old was unable to get on the scoresheet, but showed he can hold the ball up effectively and bring others into play.
Spurs legend King believes that target man Llorente did perform well on his return to the side, which could be even more crucial due to Kane’s injury problem.
“The goal didn’t come, but I though he had a big part to play in the game. He had chances, a little bit unlucky with some. His game was good and no worries from me in terms of performance,” King said on televised programme Sky Sports Premier League (15:00, 13 April).
Llorente offered a decent threat against Huddersfield and was unfortunate to see his volley strike the crossbar at the beginning of the second-half.
He’s an experienced individual that is a decent option to have in reserve and is strong in the air, which means he offers a slightly different route for Pochettino’s side to explore.
The striker has seven goals in 27 games across all competitions this term and will surely get a chance off the bench in midweek to impress against Manchester City.
Llorente is a popular figure in the dressing room and he is going to be needed from now until the end of the campaign.