Tottenham’s senior centre-forward Fernando Llorente has managed just 40 minutes of football so far this season, which is remarkable considering he is the only first-team back-up option to Harry Kane in the number nine role.
The 33-year-old Spaniard is completely out of favour at Spurs and it looks like an exit at the next possible opportunity makes sense for both parties.
But he is the only striker alternative that manager Mauricio Pochettino has in his squad and he is playing a risky game by relying on England captain Kane for all competitions.
It could be worth Spurs omitting Llorente from their 18-man squad if he’s rarely going to feature and perhaps give an upcoming talent a spot with the seniors.
Shayon Harrison is one of the best rising stars in the academy right now and made his sole first-team appearance for Spurs back in 2016.
The 21-year-old centre-forward has been in brilliant form at the beginning of the campaign by scoring five times in just eight games for the under-23s side.
He sustained an injury against Blackburn Rovers at the end of September, but scored twice in the first-half before hobbling off.
Including Harrison in the first team may be a much brighter idea than keeping fringe man Llorente around when football resumes after the international break and supporters hope he can be the next breakout star from the academy.
Cynics can point to the fact that Harrison struggled out on loan with League One Southend United last season, but Kane hardly pulled up any trees during loan spells in the past before eventually becoming Spurs’ talisman.