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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Thursday, February 15

Happy Thursday to you and your barbers!

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Hey, people!

In another unscheduled ramble topic, I will revisit the topic of Valentine’s Day, which I hoped all of you celebrating and not celebrating enjoyed.

Ramble of the Day

As yesterday was Valentine’s Day, many people decided to declare their love on various social media platforms. Some Tottenham players were part of that international phenomenon, and I will highlight two in particular.

Let’s start with the currently injured Toby Alderweireld, who has taken his talents to Twitter in his time away. Instead of using weird hashtags after his teammates score, he this time took to the social media website to share his affection for his wife. Sweet, right?

I do not even know where to start with this post. I suppose I will begin with the image itself, which is ... strange. I just have so many questions, mostly in relation to the question of “Why?” It is certainly weird, but I cannot say I hate it.

I must take some time out to address the caption. “Thanks for all the love & support” also sounds like something you say to your fans, but I will stop picking on him.

The unusual image was not the highlight of Spurs players’ Valentine’s posts. That honor is saved for Alderweireld’s fellow center back, Davinson Sánchez. He took to his Instagram story for his romantic post. His came with a twist.

For starters, it is not a particularly nice photograph, like a random selfie or an Alderweireld couple-esque photoshoot. Neither of them are even looking at the camera! It seems like it was the most recent picture on his phone of them and decided to just post it, knowing that in 24 hours, the picture would be gone. At least he included a heart emoji next to her Instagram handle, though.

The greatest part, though, is that he also decided to include his barber shop’s Instagram handle. Now, of course, it could just be that Sánchez was not particularly concerned with Valentine’s Day, but I will choose to believe that he wanted to wish the barber shop a happy Valentine’s as well. After all, it is not a stretch to think that a European-based footballer adores his barber.

Links of the Day

Dele Alli said Spurs are not worried about Rochdale’s pitch ahead of their FA Cup tie this weekend.

Paris Saint-Germain CEO and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi believes the referees are at fault for his side’s defeat to Real Madrid.

Jay Rodriguez will consult a professional lip reader to prove he did not racially abuse Gaetan Bong. (Yes, you read that right.)

Today’s long read: The Independent’s Jonathan Liew on Christian Eriksen’s excellent Champions League knockout stage debut.