The future of Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente remains uncertain, as head coach Mauricio Pochettino refused to comment on the Spaniard following a 4-1 win over Roma.
The Spanish forward has failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane since his arrival from Swansea City, however he did find the net twice in San Diego on Thursday.
When asked about Llorente in his post-match press conference, Pochettino said: “I’m not going to talk about individual situations because if I’m going to talk about someone I need to talk about everyone.
“I am focusing on trying to work hard, trying to provide the team and every single player with the best tools to improve. Of course I’m happy when the striker scores.”
Since arriving in London, the Spanish international has scored just one Premier League goal in 16 appearances, with all but one of those outings coming off the bench.
Llorente did net three times in six FA Cup appearances though, however it is a long way off the form which persuaded Spurs to part with £12million for his services.
The ageing striker is understood to be up for sale, with Pochettino’s unwillingness to comment on his future at the club only adding further weight to the rumour.
The Spurs boss was also tight-lipped about any potential players incoming before the transfer window shuts in just over a months time, as Wilfried Zaha and Jack Grealish believed to be linked with the club.
“There are many rumours around the team,” Pochettino added.
“I cannot talk and I don’t want to talk, because I think we need to be focused on trying to work hard and get in the best form for the first game of the season.”
With a number of Tottenham stars still on a break following the World Cup, now is the chance for Llorente to change his fortunes and prove his worth.
His brace against Roma is a promising start, however he will have to carry performances like that into the upcoming Premier League campaign to avoid the exit door.