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Friday Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links, August 5, 2016

No Wanyama today, but maybe Harry Winks?

If you missed it, here’s the squad that Spurs have taken to Oslo for today’s pre-season friendly against Inter Milan:

Nacer Chadli, Victor Wanyama, Nabil Bentaleb, Jan Vertonghen, DeAndre Yedlin, Josh Onomah, and Kyle Walker-Peters are the main players not making the trip. As noted yesterday, we know, or can make very educated guesses, at why a few of these players are out:

  • Jan is still recovering from his ankle injury.
  • Wanyama had problems getting a visa.
  • Chadli, Bentaleb, and Yedlin could all be on their way to new clubs.
  • Onomah and KWP didn’t get breaks after this summer’s U-19 competition and so are probably being rested.

Given all that, what’s your preferred squad for Friday’s game? I’d like to see something close to full-strength, but with a few younger players being given a chance to play significant minutes as well. Again, I’m keen to see Harry Winks get minutes in midfield because I am still kinda terrified of what our plan in midfield is without Dembélé in the squad. I’m hoping that means Wanyama-Dier, but I’m worried it means Mason and Dier and... well, let’s just say Ryan Mason v Klopperpool scares me. I’m also hoping to have more occasion to use this GIF this season:


On to the links:

Both clubs in today’s friendly have undergone massive changes since they met in the 2010-11 Champions League.

Happy one year anniversary of Dele Alli Nutmeg Day:

Meet the man who keeps under a glass case the boots he wore when he broke Diego Maradona’s ankle.

This has to rank pretty high on the list of “worst ways to miss out on Europe ever”:

Here’s a list of the best-attended friendly matches played in the USA in 2016.

Carli Lloyd scores the opener for the USWNT: