Tottenham Hotspur new boy Fernando Llorente has told The Mirror that he needs more time to hit top form after a disappointing debut against Barnsley.
Spurs were in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday night, as they hosted Championship side Barnsley at Wembley Stadium in an attempt to reach the last 16 of the competition.
It wasn't entirely convincing from Mauricio Pochettino's men, as they claimed a 1-0 win thanks to Dele Alli's second-half winning goal, and they have now set up a meeting with West Ham United in the next round.
After a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Swansea City last weekend, Pochettino simply wanted a win over Barnsley, and he got what he wanted with a rotated side at Wembley.
Pochettino handed first starts to defender Juan Foyth and striker Fernando Llorente, having joined the club last month, but Llorente didn't exactly hit the ground running in a Spurs shirt.
The Spaniard, 32, failed to score and was then substituted after 67 minutes in favour of winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, ending a frustrating evening for the former Swansea ace.
Now, Llorente has told The Mirror that he needs more time to show his quality after a disrupted pre-season, citing an arm injury as a reason for his rustiness, before suggesting that he will get better with confidence and more playing time.
“It is my first game of the season without pre-season and now I have to continue to work a lot,” said Llorente. “I need more time. This summer was hard because my arm meant a long stop. I have to work a lot. I don’t know how long. With minutes and confidence I think every match will be better.”
Llorente's comments do make sense, and his history suggests he may well be right. The former Athletic Bilbao and Juventus man hit just one goal in his first ten games for Swansea last season, before scoring 14 times in the next 25 games, showing that he does tend to need some time to get going.
Llorente will mostly be used as cover for Harry Kane and a target man to aim for late in games, meaning he should get some time to adjust to life under Pochettino and – hopefully – hit the goal trail soon.