Player opens up on his internal struggle at Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Fernando Llorente certainly hasn’t had the easiest of times in North London since his move from Swansea City in 2017 for a reported fee of £12.1million (Sky Sports)

The Spanish international has found his game time limited at Tottenham Hotspur due to Harry Kane’s quality in front of goal.  However, he has found himself more involved in the first team picture since Kane has suffered two ankle injuries in the space of two months.

Llorente has played for the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Juventus, Sevilla where he has always been a regular but has had to adapt to his role as a back-up player since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

He has admitted that the transition has been difficult but has shown levels of professionalism and patience which will certainly make the rest of the Spurs squad respect his attitude towards what is best for the team.

The World Cup winner has popped up with some important contributions when he has come into the team, including what proved to be the winning goal of the Champions League tie against Manchester City.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s something you have to adapt to,”

“I am at a great club with incredible players, and in the end the manager has to make decisions, because only 11 players can play. It’s not easy for him and, with players of that quality, it’s not easy to get into the team.

“Internally, it’s a struggle. Because in the end what all players want is to play every Sunday, so every time you don’t, it’s a disappointment. But that’s also where you learn to be mentally strong and say, ‘Okay, I’m not playing but I have to keep working hard every day and I have to be ready when the opportunity comes and the míster needs me.’

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