Tottenham left it late to earn a victory against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday, with two goals from Harry Kane in the latter stages.
A draw or a loss would have practically eliminated Spurs from the Champions League, although there would still be a mathematical chance of qualification to the knockout stages. However, they live to fight another day.
In truth, The Lilywhites deserved to win the game, and would have felt seriously aggrieved with anything but a victory, with many of their players putting in good performances. One man in particular who had an impressive cameo from the bench was Fernando Llorente.
The big Spaniard made his presence known on the field, as he continues to be a formidable aerial threat. He was easily able to retrieve the ball in the middle of the field, and was the catalyst to a promising Tottenham attack at one point.
Furthermore, he was a physical presence in the box. Tottenham had put in a number of crosses on Tuesday night to no avail, but the 33-year-old was able to win the ball to set up Kane’s opener and ignite the revival. Although he wasn’t directly involved in Kane’s second goal, there is an argument that his presence in the box suddenly created a much tougher prospect for defenders trying to mark.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Llorente put in a case on Tuesday why he deserves to stay with Tottenham. He is surely aware that he will play second fiddle to the England captain, but he still offers something different in situations like Tuesday’s- it’s just whether manager Mauricio Pochettino has faith in him.