Tottenham Hotspur will play their first televised friendly match of the season on Wednesday in the MLS All-Star Match. Spurs will take on an all-star team of MLS players that includes Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Kaka, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. For most Spurs fans it will be the first time that they will see Spurs in action since preseason training began, after several behind-closed-doors friendlies in recent weeks.
One thing the club hasn't revealed is exactly which players will make the trip. However, with a little logical deduction, examination of training photos, and some recent development squad match reports, maybe we can figure it out!
Who's not back yet/who's injured?
While nearly all of Spurs' first team has returned to training by now, there are still a few players that are enjoying their vacations or are still with their national teams. Erik Lamela sat the bench for the nearly the entirety of the Copa America and as a result is enjoying a little extra time off before returning to his Spurs teammates. His Instagram account indicates that he is training, just not with Spurs. Likewise, DeAndre Yedlin is still at the Gold Cup with Team USA. With the final match this weekend, it's still unclear whether he'll join up with Spurs in Denver, and even so, if he'll get in the team without any preseason time with his teammates.
A few players picked up offseason injuries and are still recovering: Ryan Mason picked up a minor knee injury, Alex Pritchard had to drop out of the U21 Euros with an ankle injury. Hugo Lloris broke his hand and is training, but is unlikely to feature.
Who might not travel?
Vlad Chiriches, Roberto Soldado, and Emmanuel Adebayor are all linked away from the club in one way or another. It's possible that one, two, or all three might sit out the trip if they don't want to risk picking up an injury that might prevent them from completing a transfer. Of the above three, I'd put Soldado as the most likely to make the trip, but a recent tweet suggested he might be on a plane to Ibiza, so, welp.
Which youth team players might travel?
Spurs' U21 team is currently in France participating in the National U21 Tournament, so it's logical to expect that none of them will be joining the senior team in Denver. That team includes players like Nathan Oduwa, Milos Veljkovic, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kenny McEvoy, and Kyle Walker-Peters. You can see the players who participated in both recent matches in France on Tottenham's website.
That leaves Josh Onomah, Harry Winks, and Dele Alli as the three young players that are most likely to make the traveling squad. Interestingly, Shaquile Coulthirst also didn't travel to France. If we're lucky, we'll get to see all of them get minutes against the All-Stars.
Just sum it up already, will you?
Fine, fine. Based on everything above, here's a presumptive list of the squad players who are very likely to make the trip to USA. Perhaps a few of them won't make the squad for whatever reason, but unless there's something we don't know there's no reason that any of these players CAN'T travel.
Goalkeepers: Michel Vorm, Luke McGee
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Kevin Wimmer, Danny Rose, Ben Davies, DeAndre Yedlin (?)
Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele, Harry Winks, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend, Tom Carroll, Dele Alli, Josh Onomah
Forwards: Harry Kane, Shaquile Coulthirst
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