Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino thinks Fernando Llorente and Harry Kane are the perfect fit to compete with each other
Tottenham stepped out of their typical policy of signing young players and brought in the 32-year-old Llorente from Swansea during the summer, after Vincent Janssen struggling to make an impact, Sky Sports writes.
Spurs will play West Ham in tonight’s Carabao Cup at Wembley, where Kane will get a rest despite his absolutely amazing form, thus giving a chance for Fernando Llorente who will be Tottenham’s starter striker. Mauricio Pochettino has been trying to challenge his fringe players to prove they can compete for a first-team place.
The Spurs boss said: “It is important to analyse; we have Harry Kane in the last few years, and it is not easy to find the profile that can compete with him.”
He then went on to praise Kane while explaining why Llorente is such a great fit for his team: “And it is not easy on the market to find a player that wants to come and compete with Harry. The world recognises him as one of the best strikers in the world. That is why Llorente is the perfect fit for us.”
Tottenham’s coach seems open to giving a chance for possible future starters: “For many players who have not had the opportunity so much to play in the Champions League or the Premier League, tomorrow (Wednesday) is a great opportunity for them to fight for a place in the starting eleven in different competitions.”
According to Sky Sports, Pochettino also confirmed Michel Vorm will play in goal and he admits that he is finding it a “massive problem” to have to tell his number two goalkeeper he cannot play over Hugo Lloris when he “trains hard and shows great quality”.
The Argentine coach said a few nice words about one of Tottenham’s young defender: “Juan Foyth maybe has the possibility to play too. He is young, but he needs to show why he is here because, in the future, maybe some players would be suspended or injured, and we need to play with him, and he needs to be decisive.”
Llorente and the others who get the chance tonight will surely be on fire and will be eager to prove their worth to Pochettino, making the coach’s decisions about squad-rotation even harder for the future.