Tottenham fans were treated to an absolute goal-fest when they travelled to Prenton Park on Friday night. The Lilywhites absolutely ripped through their League Two opponents, scoring six second-half goals in an all-time record 7-0 away win. Fernando Llorente was a great contributor to that win, as he scored his second Spurs hat-trick during the win.
— Fernando Llorente (@llorentefer19) 4 January 2019
The Spanish striker has been a strange figure at Wembley. In his season and a half under Mauricio Pochettino, the ex-Juventus man has struggled for game time in the Premier League and Champions League, only managing to play when the FA and Carabao Cup fixtures come around. Either way, though, he still provides a good option off the bench for Poch, and he obviously loves the FA Cup.
Llorente has appeared eight times in the FA Cup in his career, with one of those coming with Swansea and the rest with Spurs, and in those games he’s found the net six times. Those goals have come in just two games, though, as he’s bagged hat-tricks against Rochdale and Tranmere. The next step for the 33-year-old will be to convert his FA Cup goalscoring record to the Premier League so he can shine in Harry Kane’s absence.
You can read the Lilywhites’ verdict on Llorente here:
Well played tonight, Fernando. Thoroughly deserved hat-trick.
— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) 4 January 2019
Clinical tonight, Fernando. Deserved the hat-trick! #COYS
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) January 4, 2019
— Houston Spurs (@HoustonSpurs) January 4, 2019
What a performance! Keep it up~
— 문프 & BTS (@gracerain) January 4, 2019
Great hat-trick Happy for you #COYS
— H (@activ_Lizzard21) 4 January 2019
You have been fantastic this season, Fernando. Hope you stay with us
— j (@cIinicaIKWP) 4 January 2019
Well done Fernando, don’t get many opportunities at Spurs but take them with both hands when you do
— Sarah Butler (@Liberty_Butler) 5 January 2019
You earnt it man
— RosenthalsLeftBoot (@kajahdgdgdgava) January 4, 2019
The Lilywhites loved Llorente’s efforts and will hope he can be afforded a few more chances in the Premier League now.
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