‘Fantastic finish’: Fernando Llorente’s own goal mocked in Harry Kane’s absence
With the England captain injured, the Spanish striker has an unenviable task.
With Tottenham’s talismanic Harry Kane out injured for up to two months, fellow Spurs striker Fernando Llorente has a golden opportunity to make his mark for the London club.
Given a starting place away at Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, the 33-year-old Spaniard wasted no time in finding the net – but unfortunately he found the wrong one.
Sadly for the former Athletic Bilbao and Juventus man, his own goal to give Fulham the lead was seized on by many on social media.
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan took the opportunity to sarcastically praise Llorente’s “fantastic finish” off his right knee.
Fantastic finish by Llorente.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 20, 2019
Looks like Spurs have found themselves the perfect striker to replace Kane...
...if you’re an Arsenal fan. 🤣🤣 https://t.co/KHaBQ94Ypz
Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker added it “didn’t take long for Llorente to show that he can score goals” in Kane’s absence.
With Kane injured, it didn’t take long for Llorente to show that he can score goals....sadly at the wrong end.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 20, 2019
The striker’s misfortune did not go down well with fantasy football managers either.
Fantasy Premier League revealed almost 70,000 brought Llorente into their teams after Kane’s injury was announced.
The own goal briefly gave Llorente a negative score, lower than the absent England captain.
Llorente will be hoping he can turn things around and provide goals while Kane is unavailable, but the statistics show he has big shoes to fill.
36% - Since Mauricio Pochettino became Spurs manager, Harry Kane has scored a league-high 119 Premier League goals, accounting for 36% of Tottenham's total of 333 in that time. Missing. #FULTOT pic.twitter.com/kLJrP93XF0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 20, 2019
After the Fulham game, Tottenham have to prepare for Thursday’s second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Spurs won the first leg at Wembley 1-0.