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Thursday Hoddle of Coffee: News and Links for November 9th, 2017

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

Good morning Spurs fans!

Have you had a chance to check out this Recurrently Generated Team series that we kicked off here on Carty Free yesterday? There’s a lot more content to come from this and as someone who’s worked on it for the past couple of months I can tell you it’s gonna be a lot of fun- get on board now!

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For quite a while now, it has been assumed that Harry Kane is a shoe-in for the vacant role of England captain. However, the Telegraph reports this morning that according to the former WSJ sports editor and sports consultant Sam Walker, a better candidate lurks within the Spurs contingent of the national team: Eric Dier. I actually think the arguments put forward here make a lot of sense, and personally I’d be thrilled to see the Dierwolf lead England out at the next World Cup. Eric, could you please release me from this ankle lock now?

11 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses- pretty fantastic start to the season for Spurs, right? Not according to John Crace, who in this piece for ESPNFC argues that sluggish wins over teams like Crystal Palace are merely papering over some pretty serious cracks for Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Ugh, stop trying to make me confront facts, Crace!

Elsewhere in football...

Under a new domestic broadcasting deal, half of all Premier League matches could be shown live on TV from 2019. Finally, a chance to keep an eye on the sexy sexy football of West Brom every week.

New West Ham manager David Moyes has said that he’s not afraid to upset people in order to make his mark in his new role, which any West Ham fan will already be able to tell you is definitely true.

Here’s a good piece on the remarkable achievements of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill- probably the most talented young manager in football that you may not have heard of.

Speaking to reporters at a pre-game managerial press conference, national team coach Lionel Messi has denied running the show behind the scenes for Argentina.

And finally...

The Checkatrade Trophy may be an unholy abomination cooked up by people who hate football, but at least it’s provided us with a few moments of unintended hilarity over the past 18 months. As fans up and down the UK continue to vote on the shameful tournament with their feet, Grimsby Town’s tie against Sunderland last night saw only three (3) fans of the Black Cats turn out to watch the game. That kind of rebellion against the whims of the FA, dear reader, is what I would truly call Elite Performance.