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Opening fixture shows Fernando Llorente may not be a part of Pochettino’s plans

Opening fixture shows Fernando Llorente may not be a part of Pochettino’s plans

Tottenham Hotspur got their season off to a solid start, beating Newcastle United 2-1 at St James Park thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli. 

After controversially not buying a single player in the summer transfer window, there was an added layer of pressure on Pochettino’s men to perform. They did a professional job on Tyneside to run-out deserved winners. The Lilywhites closed the game out in a professional manner, and did not allow the Magpies back into the game in the second half.

The Argentine manager will be hoping his Spurs side repay his faith in him by delivering some silverware to the new-look White Hart Lane this season. Another trophyless season for the North London outfit will make it a very tough task for the former Southampton coach to keep this side together for another campaign.

With Golden Boot winner Harry Kane leading the line, Fernando Llorente already looks set for a season of frustration on the Spurs bench.

The Spanish centre-forward is valued at £6.3m by Tranfermarkt.

The 33-year-old is simply not the quality of Harry Kane, who is firmly the main man in the Tottenham Hotspur attack. Llorente is a striker of a great pedigree, having lead the line for the likes of Juventus during his career. Still, Pochettino does not seem to favour playing the Spaniard up top in a front-two with Kane, so he has to play second-fiddle to the Englishman. Due to his age, and possibly only having a small amount of time left playing at the peak of his powers, Llorente may well want to move.

For first-team football at the top level, Fernando Llorente will likely have to consider a move away from White Hart Lane.

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