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

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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:

harry-winks-winking-gif

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: