Was Arsenal snub the final nail in the coffin for Fernando Llorente?
Fernando Llorente’s Tottenham Hotspur future appears to be in severe doubt now, after he failed to get any minutes against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
Llorente was an unused substitute at the Emirates Stadium, with Mauricio Pochettino opting to select Heung-min Son as the lone striker to replace Harry Kane.
The England captain was also on the bench after being under the weather this week.
Llorente will have hoped to start in his place, but Pochettino made the call to start the South Korean out of position.
It will have been a huge kick in the teeth for Llorente, who will surely now be eyeing a move away from the club if he wasn’t already, as the January transfer window looms.
Final nail in the coffin?
Pochettino clearly doesn’t trust Llorente all that much.
Although the manager was vindicated in the end for using Son as the lone striker, Llorente was surely the man to replace Kane against a fragile Arsenal defence.
The Gunners had Granit Xhaka filling in at the back alongside Sokratis, who isn’t the tallest centre-half in the world.
He may have felt it was a game he could have made an impression in, but he was again overlooked.
Llorente has made just eight appearances for Spurs this term totalling 151 minutes of actual pitch time.
Pochettino has often used the likes of Dele Alli and Lucas Moura to support Kane in attack.
The Spaniard, who turn 34 in February, must be wondering what he has to do to get more minutes – surely the answer is that he must leave for another club.