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Monday Hoddle of Coffee: News and Links for October 16th, 2017

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Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Happy Monday Spursland!

On Saturday, our eternal knight in shining armour Christian Eriksen reminded us that it doesn’t have to be pretty, and it doesn’t have to be memorable- as long as you get the job done, that’s all that matters. I’m sure those of us who are crawling back into work with hangovers this morning- or, say, those of us who have to pump out a daily news and links post- will take inspiration from his example.

Theme of the Day below, and under that your links.

Links

Where exactly would Spurs be at this point without Jan Vertonghen? In order to avoid this question most Spurs fans opt for the emotional defence mechanism of taking his defensive work for granted- but here’s ESPN inconsiderately trying to make us think about it by awarding him man of the match in Saturday’s tie against Bournemouth.

As our attentions now turn to our upcoming Champions League tie in Madrid, here’s David Hynter inflating an farcically enormous hype bubble about the prospect of a Kane/Ronaldo face-off.

How many right backs in one squad are too many right backs? Spurs’ quest to come up with a definitive answer to this question looks set to continue as Spurs are reportedly considering a move for Callum Brittain, a 19 year-old wonderkid who plays in League One for the Club That Must Not Be Named (hint: Dele came from there).

Mauricio Pochettino is unquestionably an amazing manager, but have you ever noticed that he also has a slightly controlling, almost despotic manner about him? Well, of course you have. But here’s Jose Fonte making that point slightly less ambiguous with some terrifying stories about his training ground surveillance operations.

Elsewhere in football...

Leon Brittan has long been renowned for his ageless playmaking abilities, but unbeknownst to many people he actually has a decent side line in stand-up comedy- as he demonstrated yesterday in suggesting that Tammy Abraham could make the first team at Chelsea after a star turn against Huddersfield.

* checks calendar *... yep, it’s November- time to give the Wilf Zaha hype machine its annual firing-up!

Man City are starting to look like... erm... Man City (the 2013 version), and over at Bitter and Blue they have some pretty joyful things to say about the team’s brutal paddlin’ of Stoke City over the weekend.

And finally...

You’ve probably already seen this piece of absolute art doing the rounds on social media today, but just in case you haven’t- Xhaka Can’t.