Former Tottenham coach backs first team player to replace Kane

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are in a striker-crisis at the moment with Harry Kane out with an ankle injury and Son Heung-Min currently at the Asia Cup with South Korea.

Pochettino suggested last week that Dele Alli could potentially play as a ‘false 9’ but unfortunately, the England midfielder has also been ruled out until early March after picking up a hamstring injury against Fulham.

Spurs are said to be looking to consider their striking options in the transfer market in order to help them cope with the injuries, and the club has been linked with several strikers across Europe including Eden Dzeko, Callum Wilson and Timo Werner.

However former Spurs defender and assistant manager John Gorman believes that Spurs have a ready-made replacement for Kane already in their squad in Spanish striker Fernando Llorente.

Gorman admitted that the former Juventus man didn’t look in greatagainst Fulham on Sunday but he backed him to find his form.

Speaking to Love Sport Radio, Gorman said, “It looks like he’ll (Llorente) still have to play and hopefully he’ll find the form that has eluded him at the minute.”

“I watched the Fulham game and he did look a little bit short. He just needs a goal. On the big night maybe it’ll happen for him, and hopefully happen for Spurs.”

The Scotsman further narrated an incident from back when he was assistant manager to Glen Hoddle, where former Tottenham striker Serhiy Rebrov came up with a crucial goal for Spurs despite going through a bad spell. The former defender said he hoped Llorente could deliver something similar at a time when Spurs really need him.

He added, “The last time I was in charge we beat Chelsea 5-1 after losing 2-1 at the Bridge, and then we got to the League Cup final,” Gorman added. Serhiy Rebrov was in a similar type of bad time at that time and he came on and scored one of the crucial goals.”

Spurs fans will be hoping Gorman is right on this count and that the 33-year-old world cup winner comes good for Spurs against Chelsea tomorrow night.

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