Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Sky Sports that he feels Fernando Llorente is the perfect player for Spurs in terms of challenging Harry Kane.
Spurs head into their Carabao Cup tie against West Ham United this evening having picked up some impressive results this month, beating Bournemouth 1-0 and Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League.
Add in that Spurs also produced a superb display to draw 1-1 away at Real Madrid in the Champions League, and manager Pochettino will be delighted with how his team continues to develop and progress.
Tonight though, the Carabao Cup gives Pochettino a chance to give some fringe players opportunities in the first team, with the likes of Michel Vorm and Juan Foyth potentially in line to start.
Another player set to feature from the start is striker Fernando Llorente, who has yet to start a Premier League game for Spurs, with his two starts coming in the Carabao Cup and the Champions League.
The veteran Spaniard, 32, joined Spurs from Swansea City on deadline day, handing manager Pochettino another goalscoring threat from the bench.
Now, Pochettino has told Sky Sports that he feels that Llorente is perfect for Tottenham, as he is a player who has come in to compete with star striker Harry Kane at a time where it is difficult to find a hard-working player content with being second choice – and he wants to see Llorente grasp his opportunity tonight.
“It is important to analyse; we have Harry Kane in the last few years, and it is not easy to find the profile that can compete with him,” said Pochettino. “And it is not easy on the market to find a player that wants to come and compete with Harry. The world recognises him as one of the best strikers in the world. That is why Llorente is the perfect fit for us.”
“For many players who have not had the opportunity so much to play in the Champions League or the Premier League, tomorrow is a great opportunity for them to fight for a place in the starting eleven in different competitions,” he added.
In truth, Llorente really is the ideal foil for Kane. As a veteran striker, Llorente understands his role to offer cover and maybe even words of wisdom for Kane, but he still has enough left in the tank to be a threat, offering Pochettino a target man figure who hit 15 goals last season.