By Harvey Byrne
Fernando Llorente was handed his first Tottenham start in their League Cup victory against Championship side Barnsley on Tuesday night – and fans on Twitter were unimpressed with his display.
Llorente, 32, made the switch to Spurs on the summer’s deadline day from Premier League rivals Swansea for an undisclosed fee.
The experienced striker is currently providing backup to star Harry Kane and he has been brought in by Mauricio Pochettino to give the Argentine boss another option in the attack after last summer’s signing Vincent Janssen’s struggles.
Pochettino elected to start Llorente in the midweek clash at Wembley to give him more minutes after two substitute cameos against Borussia Dortmund and Swansea.
He played a total of 67 minutes for Tottenham before being brought off for speedster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, but he was unable to bag his first goal against the English second tier side with Dele Alli’s effort separting the two teams in the 1-0 victory.
This meant that some Spurs fans on social media claimed that Llorente still needed time to become a success, while others have simply written him off.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— B.1derful™️ (@Bee1derful) September 20, 2017
Llorente will do no better for us than janssen we just don't play to that type of strikers strengths
— yid (@yidoo90) September 19, 2017
For goodness sake give him time, difference is Llorente IS proven in the prem great back up for Harry, with Trips and Eriksen crosses #COYS
— Phil (@Butty1882) September 19, 2017
Paulinho scores 2 in 2, Janssen scores with his first shot…meanwhile Llorente misses a head from 6 yards. Only Spurs 😂 #COYS
— James Knuckey 🎥🎙 (@JamesAKnuckey) September 19, 2017
how much did we pay for an old, unfit, lumbering centre forward??
— Knees (@KneesTrembly) September 19, 2017
— Adhithya (@adhithya35) September 19, 2017
Llorente made his switch to the Premier League last summer with Swansea, where he bagged an impressive 15 goals in 33 league games.
He will now be looking to bring that impressive form with him to Tottenham as the 2010 World Cup winner looks to help Spurs improve on last season’s second placed finish.
In other Tottenham news, Lord Sugar has slammed Spurs after their midweek win.