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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, December 27

The festive season is treating Spurs nicely.

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Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Hi, everyone!

Yesterday’s match was a bit of fun, wasn’t it? That Harry Kane guy is pretty good.

Anyway, that ramble.

Ramble of the Day

With Spurs’ 2017 officially over, I figured I’d drop a question in here today: What was the highlight of the year for the team?

Harry Kane on his own could qualify as an answer, I suppose. My personal highlight will have to be my trip to White Hart Lane back in April for the match against Bournemouth, one of the final matches at the Lane. I will never forget the sun shining to brightly I could feel it through my sleeves, how quickly the water I spilled on myself celebrating Harry Kane’s goal dried as a result, and Vincent Janssen’s first (and, to date, only) goal from open play in the Premier League.

(Side note: Janssen scored three times from open play for Spurs, and I saw two of those goals in person — against Bournemouth in April and against Roma in July during preseason. I would not mind if he footed the bill for me to travel for his own personal gain.)

Anyway, feel free to share your moments of the year, or discuss something else entirely. I won’t tell you what to do.

Let’s get to those links now.

Links of the Day

The Telegraph is reporting that Manchester City will drop £60 million for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

The jury in the FIFA trial found former Peruvian Football Federation president Manuel Burga not guilty. Two others were sentenced to jail time on Friday after being found guilty on corruption-related charges.

Vitaly Mutko is “temporarily stepping down” as head of the Russian Football Union after he was banned by the International Olympic Committee over accusations of state-sponsored doping.

The Guardian’s David Squires is back with his latest cartoon, this one about the Premier League on Boxing Day.

ESPN picked out the best and worst of the sport in 2017. Some of these choices may be up for debate.