Tottenham’s first two public friendlies will take place in Australia next week against Serie A champions Juventus and La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup. Today, Spurs released the names of the players that will travel to Melbourne to take place in the friendly tournament
While friendly rosters should not be taken as an indication of anything other than “these are the players who are healthy and available,” this list is nonetheless notable more for who is NOT on it than who is on it.
Most of the team’s players who participated in the European Championship this summer are not on the list. Australian Spurs fans who attend these matches will no doubt be disappointed that they will not get a chance to see the likes of Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Hugo Lloris, and Eric Dier. Presumably these players are just now coming back into training and have been relieved from the burden of having to travel Down Under for a fake friendly tournament.
However, there are names that we expected to travel that aren’t here. Clinton N’Jie, Nabil Bentaleb, and Alex Pritchard are all missing from the list, as is Federico Fazio, which may imply that their futures may lie away from White Hart Lane.
Pritchard for sale at £8m. NJie discussing possible Marseille move. Bentaleb + Fazio's futures also appear elsewhere https://t.co/uIxVbFJJJJ— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) July 22, 2016
The omission of the Euro stars and the above-listed players may diminish the overall team performance against two top-drawer continental sides, but it’s a friendly, so nobody probably cares. In addition, this roster will very likely give Spurs fans and the coaching staff a good look at a few of the players who are hoping to make a good impression in the off-season.
Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason, Josh Onomah, and DeAndre Yedlin will try and impress to sneak into rotation positions that mostly eluded them last season. Names like Marcus Edwards, Shayon Harrison, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Dominic Ball, and Harry Winks aren’t household names yet but are at the point where they can get some first team minutes in the cups, or do well enough to attract a solid season loan.
Tottenham will play Juventus on July 26 at 8:00 pm Melbourne time, and Atletico Madrid on July 29 at 8:00 pm Melbourne time (11 a.m. London, 6 a.m. ET). Both matches will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports 1, and streamed live in the United States on ESPN3.