Tottenham’s squad was already creaking under the weight of injuries and fatigue before the news emerged yesterday that talisman Harry Kane will be ruled out until March with an ankle injury.
That blow means that Mauricio Pochettino will no longer countenance the idea of selling Fernando Llorente this month – with Barcelona lurking – according to Spanish outlet Marca.
With Lucas Moura – who has had his own injury problems of late – the only other realistic striking alternative, there is every chance that Llorente will lead the Spurs line next time out when they travel across London to face Fulham on Sunday.
That’s not an ideal scenario for Tottenham to be in, but in order to get the best out of Llorente, they must adapt their gameplan accordingly.
That involves plenty of crosses going into the box and the one man who is best placed to provide them has also endured a tough season – Kieran Trippier.
The England international enjoyed a fantastic summer but has struggled upon his return to domestic action; the most recent example coming when his wayward pass allowed Manchester United the opportunity to counter and score the winning goal on Sunday.
Trippier’s delivery is absolutely pinpoint and now he has a target with genuine aerial threat in the shape of Llorente, the pair can help each other rediscover their best form and keep Tottenham’s season on track.