Fernando Llorente’s Tottenham career is in tatters after he was only named on the bench for the FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea on Saturday lunchtime.
With Kane out injured, the 33-year-old striker would have been forgiven for thinking he would make the starting XI on Saturday, especially as he’s scored three goals in five FA Cup games this season.
Instead, Heung-Min Son leads the line and it looks like he’ll be the man Pochettino turns to with Kane on the sidelines.
Llorente might have expected that for the Premier League. But, if he’s not playing in the cup when the team’s main striker is out, when will he play?
Obviously either when Pochettino doesn’t really care about a result, or when Tottenham are up against weaker opposition than Swansea – a team struggling at the foot of the Premier League.
Today’s decision is more of a slap in the face though, as Llorente joined from Swansea in the summer and so would know more about the team than anyone else.
It seems an odd decision but it shows that Pochettino is taking the FA Cup seriously, which represents a backtracking from earlier in the season when he said Tottenham wanted to win a major, like the Premier League or the Champions League.
They’re out of both of those competitions now so the FA Cup represents their last shot at silverware this season.
And Llorente not making the starting XI means he’s seen his last shot at making it at Tottenham gone.
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