Glenn Hoddle: This is what Tottenham must do to accommodate summer signing
By Danny Wright
Glenn Hoddle believes that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may have to switch around his tactics when deploying Fernando Llorente in attack this season.
Llorente, 32, was signed from Swansea on transfer deadline day after he was widely reported to have been wanted by Chelsea for most of the summer window.
The Spain international is known for his aerial ability and physical presence in the opponent’s penalty area and Hoddle thinks that Pochettino may now have to start asking his wide men to start playing a bit more direct than they usually do to accommodate him.
“On deadline day, the surprise was Fernando Llorente going to Spurs from Swansea,” said Hoddle on the Daily Mail website.
“His arrival will give Mauricio Pochettino the option of occasionally resting Harry Kane. Spurs may have to play a different way then, with more crosses, and earlier.”
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Llorente was the only addition to the Spurs attack this summer, with the London club’s transfer business taking a while to get going.
The ex-Juventus and Athletico Bilbao target man was confirmed to have signed for Tottenham in the late hours of deadline day after he put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal in a move that was been widely reported to have been worth £15million.
He scored 15 Premier League goals in 33 appearances last term in what was his one and only season at the Liberty Stadium.
Paulo Gazzaniga, Davidson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth were the other signings made by Pochettino while a number of players were also shown the exit door including Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio and Clinton N’Jie.
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