We’re now down to fewer than two weeks until we kick off the 2016-17 Premier League against Everton on August 13. That said, even as opening day draws near, the stories around Spurs are the same: Clinton may or may not be headed to Marseille. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou may or may not be headed to Spurs. Nacer Chadli, Alex Pritchard, and Nabil Bentaleb may or may not be on their way out. It’s looking like this will be a typical August for Spurs—we’ll play three league matches, one of which (the home date with Liverpool on August 27) could actually be pretty significant... and we’ll do it with a squad that isn’t yet settled.
The only recent news of note is that Christian Eriksen has turned down the club’s latest contract offer, but there’s no need to worry about that yet. Contract negotiations take time and if the reports that Eriksen has been on £30k/week are true, you can hardly blame the Dane for pushing for a higher wage. He’s an industrious playmaker able to play anywhere across the front three and quite probably capable of being an elite central midfielder as well, if given the opportunity play in a deep role. He’s also Tottenham’s most intelligent player when it comes to understanding where to be on the field and he is a great defensive player. Someone of his quality should be making far more than £30k/week. So let’s not worry yet. There’s still plenty of time before we should start doing that.
On to the links:
Premier League shirt deals hit a new record high for the 2016-17 season.
During the pre-season tour in Australia a reporter asked Poche if he remembered a youth team player from Southampton who is now playing in Australia. The result is... amusing:
Paulinho with some pretty footwork as he scores for Guangzhou Evergrande (Warning: really annoying and really loud music on the video. If you’re at work, you’ll at least want headphones and even with headphones I might still mute it):
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara set for a trial with MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes.
Aleix Vidal had a nice nutmeg to set up Arda Turan’s opener in Barcelona’s friendly against Celtic: