Tottenham Hotspur have released their official squad lists for both the Premier League and Europa League competitions and someone wasn't invited to hang out. The lists lock in players who are eligible to play in the Barclays Premier League until January 1st, while the UEFA registry designates player available for the entirety of the Europa league tournament. In an unsurprising yet raw move, Spurs management have not included Emmanuel Adebayor in either of their official rosters for the upcoming season.
With Tottenham failing to sign a true backup for Harry Kane, logic may have suggested that Adebayor, however unlikely it seemed, would have a part to play in 2015-16 campaign. This press release puts an end to that thought and also validates the murmurs that Spurs are comfortable with Heung-Min Son, Clinton N'Jie, and even Nacer Chadli as Tottenham's striking force. For all intents and purposes, this signals the unadulterated end to Ade's career at White Hart Lane.
A mercurial player for Tottenham at times, and a breath of fresh air when he joined us on loan in 2011, Ade had some memorable moments in a Spurs shirt and was an important player on some truly entertaining Spurs sides. Foreshadowed from his time at other clubs, it was his complex, peculiar, and often frustrating attitude that held him back from being a great footballer for Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Tottenham's Premier League roster is pretty straight forward with the big take away being the inclusion of Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard. While it was almost certain that Pritchard would get his shot with the first team this year, the congested Los Angeles freeway that is Spurs' central midfield put Carroll's involvement in question in the minds of some. Three players who were rumored to leave White Hart Lane – Andros Townsend, Federico Fazio, and Erik Lamela – were also registered. With new signings Clinton N'Jie and Heung-Min Son, former Academy star Alex Pritchard, and stalwarts Mousa Dembélé and Nacer Chadli, there was a very outside chance that Townsend could be loaned to a Championship club to lighten squad numbers.
Nabil Bentaleb, Eric Dier, and Delle Alli are all members of the squad, but are not formally registered as they are U-21 eligible. This is a wonderful example of how young Tottenham's roster is and how much the team is relying on players who are nineteen and twenty years old. Alex Pritchard, Josh Onomah, Harry Winks, Kevin Wimmer, Luke McGee, Dele Alli and Clinton N'Jie are all twenty-two years or younger and should feature heavily in the Europa League competition.