There aren’t any new players at Tottenham Hotspur as the new season begins, but there will be a couple of new shirts on the pitch. The club announced today that Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters will each be sporting brand new numbers on the backs of their kits — Winksy is taking #8, and KWP has switched to #16.
I know we’re all disappointed that Winksy has once again rejected his destiny and decided not to wear the #40 shirt. By choosing #8, Winks is following in a long line of Tottenham luminaries who have worn that iconic number. Like... Ryan Mason, Paulinho, Jermain Jenas, Heider Postiga, and (yes!) even Tottenham Hotspur legend Tim Sherwood. (But seriously, also Paul Gascoigne, Steve Archibald, and Mark Falco, too — it’s not all #banter.)
The #16 shirt was most recently worn by Kieran Trippier, and before that by Kyle Naughton, but it too has its history — most notably Micky Hazard, but also Chris Armstrong, Gareth Bale, and Kyle Walker.
Spurs also note that Josh “Joshy” Onomah will again wear the #25 shirt he wore before his loan to Villa last season, and Luke Amos & Oliver Skipp both earned first team numbers, wearing #40 (THAT’S WINKSY’S KIT DANG IT) and #52, respectively.
The rest of the numbers remain the same as last season. Go forth and order your Tottenham kits with confidence! (Or don’t, they’re still awful.)