Fernando Llorente under pressure to make most of next Spurs chance

Tottenham's first team coach Miguel D'Agostino (L), Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (C) and assistant manager Jesus Perez (R) watch from their seats during...

Fernando Llorente remained an unused substitute during Tottenham Hotspur's latest Premier League clash.

An injured Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur holds his ankle during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on March 10, 2018 in...

While every Spurs player and fan would have been holding their breath when Harry Kane went down inside the box after a collision with Asmir Begovic during the early stages of Sunday's clash with Bournemouth, Fernando Llorente may have perhaps been thinking that he needed to start getting himself ready to be brought on.

The Spaniard has endured an extremely difficult time since joining Spurs for £14 million in the summer - fee reported by The Telegraph - with one goal coming in the league and five in 28 appearances in all competitions.

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.

While Llorente would never have wanted Kane to pick up an injury, he may have felt that it was the unfortunate break that he would need to potentially prove himself to be good enough to be the Englishman's understudy.

However, rather than turn to the former Swansea City ace, Mauricio Pochettino decided to throw another attacking midfielder on in Erik Lamela, and the decision paid off emphatically as Spurs came from a goal down to win 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

Fernando Llorente (L) and Erik Lamela (R) of Tottenham celebrate after Son Heung-min scores Tottenham's fifth goal of the game during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between...

Snubbing Llorente must be a worrying sign for the 33-year-old, but it does make Tottenham's next game all the more important as it seems highly likely that he will get the chance to start.

Spurs travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Llorente's old side in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, and given that he has started all of the previous FA Cup games, it seems probable that the striker will start again this weekend. 

This is the first time that Tottenham have faced top flight opposition in this year's competition, so it is an opportunity that Llorente cannot afford to let slip through his fingers.

The snub on Sunday hinted that Pochettino may be starting to lose faith in the summer signing, and Llorente may be running out of chances to prove that he can step into the void when Spurs need him. Stepping up against the Swans this weekend now appears to be a must if Llorente wants to avoid being overlooked again in future.

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