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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, December 6

Happy match day!

Tottenham Hotspur Training Session and Press Conference Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Good morning, Hoddlers, and a very happy match day to you all.

Before the ramble, feel free to guess who the player in the image above is. I’ll give you all the answer tomorrow.

Today’s ramble is less random than yesterday’s, so let’s get to it.

Ramble of the Day

Remember this little thing? With Mauricio Pochettino giving opportunity to some youngsters for today’s match, I figured we could take a trip down memory lane to 2011 to a different crop of Tottenham youth players.

The video is spectacular for its contents alone, but in retrospect, it becomes a bit more fascinating. Harry Kane hardly ever takes a back seat anymore (though he probably will today), but he did on this instance, as others took the lead. Here’s the breakdown of the roles for this music video, per the YouTube video’s description:

Lead singers: Andros Townsend, Oscar Jansson & Thomas Carroll.

Backing singers: Harry Kane, Jesse Waller Lassen, Jonathon Miles, Ryan Mason, Cameron Lankaster, Jordan Archer, Alex Pritchard & ZALTAN.

Cameraman: Dean Parrett

There is plenty to dissect here. For starters, Parrett has some room to grow as a cinematographer, especially since he seems to cut off the video just before Carroll falls to the ground, or so it looks. It’s also worth noting that a few of them needed the lyrics during their performance. Kane is possibly reading the lyrics on his BlackBerry; Townsend pulls out his iPhone during one of his solos; and Jansson, the most prepared of them all but least environmentally friendly, had them printed out. There is much more to talk about, like Carroll’s hat, Townsend’s performance as a whole, and their individual singing abilities, but I’ll cut myself off and let you guys take the lead from here in the comments, should you choose to do so.

Before I leave the topic entirely, I’d just like to mention that the only player still left at the club is Kane, which makes it all a bit more amusing — or sad, depending on your point of view. It cannot always work out with youth players, but here’s hoping that the youngsters of the present, whether they play today or not, have better luck with the first team than their 2011 counterparts. Here’s also hoping they also make a music video that they’ll be embarrassed by in a few years’ time.

Anyway, let’s get to those links.

Daily Links

Some Dele Alli quotes from yesterday’s press conference, where he said, “I am my own biggest critic.”

Big Sam has decided to skip Everton’s Europa League finale at Apollon Limassol to focus on this weekend’s derby.

Thought you were done talking about Mark Clattenburg this week? Think again, folks, because he told a story about how he was afraid of Roy Keane.

Tim Cahill, age 38, has left A-League side Melbourne City six months before the World Cup. He still aims to make Australia’s squad.