By Harry Sykes
Tottenham’s players did not appear to want to pass to Fernando Llorente during their goal-less draw against Swansea City on Saturday.
That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino as he outlined the mistakes made by manager Mauricio Pochettino at the weekend.
Cascarino was baffled by the substitutions made by the Argentine who replaced attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko with right-back Serge Aurier after 63 minutes and Son-Heung Min with forward Llorente after 74 minutes.
It was the Spaniard’s second substitute appearance for Tottenham following his £12million deadline day arrival from Swansea.
“Pochettino’s substititions didn’t seem to make sense,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “He brought on Fernando Llorente, a talented targetman, in the 74th minute but the striker barely had a touch and his team-mates didn’t seem keen to give him the ball.
“If you have him, use him, by hitting diagonal balls to him for knockdowns and flick-ons.”
Spurs beat Chelsea to the signature of Llorente, who has made a strong impression in the Premier League since his arrival in the summer of 2016.
The World Cup winner, 32, struck 16 times from 35 matches last season and has an excellent track record at previous clubs Athletic Bilbao, Juventus and Sevilla.
Llorente is set to make his full debut for Spurs in their League Cup clash against Championship side Barnsley on Tuesday night.
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