By Harvey Byrne
Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald believes he made new Tottenham forward signing Fernando Llorente look average in his side’s 1-0 League Cup defeat at Wembley on Tuesday evening.
The 24-year-old centre-back was tasked with the job of facing the 32-year-old, who has a far greater reputation than the attackers he is usually facing in England’s second tier.
He managed to keep the former Juventus man quiet with a 65th minute goal from star Dele Alli needed to separate the two sides.
The youngster was rightfully happy with the way he performed against Llorente and after the match he told in his post-match interview that he would let the Spaniard out of his pocket later.
“I’ll let him out of my pocket later,” told MacDonald to BBC Sheffield when asked about facing a player like Llorente.
He then continued: “I set my standards as high as possible and if I can play against a £12million striker and like you say make him look average, you know I want to do that week in week out and not every so often.”
Llorente completed 67 minutes of the Tuesday evening clash and it was also his first start for Tottenham since his move from Premier League rivals Swansea on deadline day.
The outing was felt more as one to give the 2010 World Cup winner some match time as he looks to get up to fitness alongside growing his cohesion with his new teammates.
However, he will want to put the midweek display behind him quickly with an afternoon clash coming up against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have given their own verdicts on Llorente’s display.