Pochettino answers whether he will start Llorente against Palace

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Dom Le Roy

With Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son all missing for Spurs in recent games, Tottenham have had to turn to Fernando Llorente to lead their attack.

The former World Cup winner has had very few chances since arriving from Swansea at the beginning of last season.

The striker finally got his opportunity to try and make an impact after making consecutive starts for the team against Fulham and Chelsea. The Spaniard’s performances in the two-game have been a mixed bag.

Llorente missed a couple of great chances against Fulham and also ended up scoring an own goal.

Even against Chelsea, the 33-year-old was heavily criticised on social media at half time after what some fans thought was a poor performance in the first 45 minutes.

The Spaniard, however, went some way to answer his critics with a fantastic stooping header five minutes into the second half to level the tie on aggregate, only for Pochettino’s side to lose on penalties.

Pochettino was asked in the pre-match press conference before the FA Cup game against Crystal Palace whether or not he will give the Spaniard another start on Sunday, and his response was pretty straight forward.

Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “He (Llorente) scored last night, no? His performance was good. I think after two games against Chelsea, we scored one goal away from home and after 180 minutes the result was 2-2. Yes I am happy with him.”

“To manage is when you don’t play too many games and it’s normal that you’re in a different physical level and we need to assess him for Sunday to see if he’s ready to play again. But if he’s ready he’s going to play again for sure.”

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