Georges-Kevin N'Koudou and Fernando Llorente's return to irrelevance highlights major Tottenham Hotspur problem

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and...

The Tottenham Hotspur duo scored against Apoel Nicosia but have barely been since since.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia at Wembley Stadium on December...

Two weeks ago, Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou were pictures of joy - and relief - as they finally scored their first Tottenham Hotspur goals in a 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League.

How do they look now? It is difficult to say, because Spurs fans have barely seen either of them since.

In the three Premier League matches that have followed Tottenham’s final Group H game, Llorente has played four minutes as a substitute against Brighton & Hove Albion, and N’Koudou has not even made the bench once.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Kazaiah Sterling (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (R) embrace on the pitch after the UEFA Champions League Group H...

Any confidence that they gained from those European goals will now have disappeared, much like they have.

Even with the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen blatantly out of form, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has opted against using these two players, who would have been champing at the bit for another opportunity.

Llorente and N’Koudou’s return to irrelevance highlights the lack of trust Pochettino has in his attacking depth, so much so that he would rather flog Alli and Eriksen until they are out of form than put his faith in others.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December 16, 2017 in...

Spurs cannot take the next step in their progression while placing such a reliance on the same attacking players.

Pochettino either needs to give fringe players like Llorente and N’Koudou a chance to learn and contribute, or dispense with them in order to create room for squad upgrades that he does trust in the Premier League.

As reports, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley are both long-term targets, and Pochettino needs to be looking at a striker too, either in January or next summer.

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