Tottenham Hotspur aren’t exactly blessed in the back-up striker department, with few options in the event of a Harry Kane injury.

In fact, Spurs had to deal with just that back in January/February when the England captain was out for six weeks with an ankle problem.

Vincent Janssen has failed to live up to his price tag in North London, and looks as if he won’t play for the club again.

The likes of Kazaiah Sterling and Troy Parrott were thrown into the mix during this time too, with the former even making a brief cup appearance. However, Poch clearly thought it was too soon to fully blood the academy youngsters.

Despite a lacklustre time at Tottenham up until that point, Fernando Llorente was trusted to lead the line more often than not in Kane’s absence.

Given game time, the Spaniard actually did extremely well, chipping in with a few goals including the final nail in the Borussia Dortmund coffin in the Champions League home leg.

Athletic Bilbao president Aitor Elizegi has now confirmed that Llorente is an option for his club.

He said (El Desmarque): “Llorente said very clearly that Athletic had not addressed him in the winter market, he said personally, but what the club does have is the obligation to have proof of the status of the contracts of all the players capable of playing in the Athletic. The Sports Commission is serious, it is their obligation to know how the contracts are, what age or what circumstances they have to return to Euskadi, there are many variables in the professional life of a player, the positions that there are, etc.”

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