With Fernando Llorente's struggles continuing, Tottenham should look at eight-goal Santi Mina this summer

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Valencia's Spanish forward Santi Mina during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) first leg semi-final football match between...

Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente has not endured the best time since joining Spurs.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County at Wembley Stadium on February 7, 2018 in...

An FA Cup tie against a League Two side should have presented Fernando Llorente with a golden chance to get some confidence back in his game after an extremely poor start to life with Tottenham.

Since signing from Swansea for £14 million - fee reported by the Guardian - there have been some bright moments when the Spaniard has looked like he may turn into the ideal understudy for Harry Kane, but there is no getting away from the fact that his record stands at two goals in 25 games.

Fernando Llorente in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

And he was unable to take advantage of the opportunity against Newport. Of course, it was never going to be easy for Spurs. Newport had taken the club to a replay in the first place and had knocked out a Championship side in the previous round, so clearly had the potential to make life difficult at Wembley.

Nevertheless, Llorente had two golden chances to put the exclamation point on a performance that saw Spurs book their place in the next round. The 32-year-old had the opportunity to make the score 3-0 with a free header - the flag was up for offside, but the striker would have surely not known - and then a volley during the second-half, but failed to put either attempt on target.

If Mauricio Pochettino decides to be ruthless at the end of the season, it could be the third successive summer where Spurs look to acquire a striker that is going to be Kane's understudy.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Valencia's Spanish forward Santi Mina during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) first leg semi-final football match between...

Perhaps one name that should be considered if Pochettino does look to go into the market once again, is Valencia's Santi Mina, who is enjoying a very productive season in La Liga - and has had more luck than Llorente from the bench this term.

Llorente is yet to score for Spurs in a game that he has not started - which has proved a problem given that 13 of 14 top flight appearances have come from the bench - while Mina has scored three times from his 13 games after coming off the bench.

His record when starting is also impressive, with the 22-year-old scoring five goals in nine appearances. He is young enough to get even better if he did end up working with Pochettino, and has the versatility to play on the wing if required.

And given that he has shown that he is able to score when coming off the bench, he arguably ticks a number of boxes after a disappointing campaign for Llorente. And if the veteran shows few signs of improvement in the coming months, perhaps Tottenham should have a look at the Valencia ace in the summer.

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