Tottenham’s new signings: The chances each star will play v Everton

SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 21: Swansea player Fernando Llorente celebrates his and the winning goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - MAY 21: Swansea player Fernando Llorente celebrates his and the winning goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /
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Fernando Llorente

Don’t hyperventilate Tottenham fans. The high percentage I’ve placed on Llorente’s chances of playing against Everton don’t reflect poorly on Harry Kane. I fully expect the English talisman to get the starting nod.

The most likely scenario for Llorente is that he’ll enter the match as a second half substitute. Whether Spurs are chasing a goal or wish to strengthen their defence against set pieces, the addition of Llorente to the lineup could pay huge dividends.

There’s also a small chance that Pochettino could elect to surprise Everton by playing two strikers. Kane could drop a little deeper than normal and play off Llorente. Kane’s movement combined with Llorente’s presence in the box could flummox the Toffees’ defense.

Of course, such an aggressive lineup might leave Spurs too exposed in the midfield. That’s why I believe the smart money’s on Llorente to enter the match as a second half substitute. Tottenham fans hope he’ll be coming on to give Kane a rest with Spurs comfortably ahead.

70% chance