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Monday Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links, August 8, 2016

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We’re prepping for match day one. Let’s remember fun goals that ultimately didn’t mean anything.

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

So here’s the thing with match day one in the Premier League: Most teams don’t have a settled squad yet. Most players are still shaking off the rust from three months off or are recuperating from an extensive international schedule over the summer. There’s all this buildup to match day one and then the end result is inconsistent and the results seldom add up to much of significance by season’s end.

Amongst other things, this has me thinking about some of the great individual efforts I’ve seen from Tottenham players over the years in games that end up not meaning all that much. So this week as we build up to a game that I, at least, am irrationally excited about, I thought it made sense to remember some of the goals that seemed to mean a lot more at the time than they actually did in reality. I’ve got a list of my favorite awesome but ultimately meaningless Spurs goals and will be posting one each day this week in the buildup to Saturday. I’m also curious though: What goals make your list?

Here’s mine for today: Niko Kranjcar’s winner against Sunderland during the 2010-11 season (warning: obnoxious music on the video). We ended up fifth that season and had a horror run that began in the game immediately following this one, but man that is a sweet strike by Niko.

On to the links:

James Yorke has a good season preview about Spurs for Stats Bomb.

If you missed it, Sonny scored yesterday:

These Football Times on how Brazilian football is rotting from within.