Good morning! I'll be taking over the Hoddle from Vince going forward. I'm excited to get to know y'all and make dumb jokes about Spurs and other footy-related news.
Tottenham's signing of Vincent Janssen appears to be imminent. Toward that end, you can read a recent profile of him from FourFourTwo that gives a bit more information about the Eredivisie's leading scorer. As a Tottenham fan (and a Phoenix Suns fan and a Nebraska football fan) being optimistic isn't in my fan nature. But the more I read about Janssen the more I get excited about this move.
Yeah, he's an Eredivisie striker but I'm just going to choose to believe he's more like the last two Eredivisie strikers we were linked with—Luis Suarez and Wilfried Bony. Don't try to make me be reasonable about this. It's summer. Spurs fans can be optimistic for weeks at a time before reality reasserts itself.
And now on to the links:
(NOTE: I had a paid email newsletter for about 18 months where I shared the best footy writing of the day and so I tend to keep a close eye on the broader soccer blogosphere. So I'm going to include Spurs links here, but also other interesting soccer-related news and notes. Hopefully you enjoy them. If you have any blog suggestions for me to follow, please let me know in the comments!)
Willem van Hanegem, a midfielder in the 1974 Dutch national team that finished second in the World Cup and featured Johan Cruyff, is confused at why Marc Wilmots refused to play Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele. The funny thing is "not playing Dembele" probably doesn't even crack the top three on the list of Dumb Marc Wilmots Things from this year's Euros. (My list: 3: Playing Kevin De Bruyne as a winger. 2: Playing Marouane Fellaini as a number 10. 1: Playing Marouane Fellaini anywhere else.)
They've already taken Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, and Michael Dawson off our hands. Now The Sun (I know, I know) says Hull are lining up a £10m bid for Ryan Mason. I just hope this means that we can see a Huddlestone/Mason midfield two next season.
Eibar seized headlines two seasons ago with their improbable rise to La Liga. Now it's time to meet Eibar 2.0: Club Deportivo Leganés.
Short version: Bad things.
Conference side Torquay United sponsor 420 Skatestore is a clothing company. We promise.
It sounds like Southampton hit the jackpot again.
Fun game: Which penalty was worse? Here is Simone Zaza's miss from the weekend:
And here is Emmanuel Adebayor in the Europa League against Basel:
Have a great Tuesday y'all! Looking forward to getting to know everyone more in the weeks and months to come. COYS.