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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, May 21

Divisive hairstyle alert.

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Hi, Hoddlers!

I had a different ramble in mind for today, but something else came up that requires my urgent attention.

Ramble of the Day

At the start, this update isn’t particularly newsworthy, or even interesting, but I must start by sharing that Phil Jones has a new hairstyle.

It isn’t to my tastes, but let’s save our judgments of Jones’s actual look for later. Instead, let’s look at the judgment of the person responsible for it:

It comes as no surprise that the person who did the work on Jones’s hair would be happy with the results. Yet, this description seems to imply that this look is a particularly unique one, and I don’t want to rain on the hairdresser’s parade, but that’s probably the wrong claim to make.

In the footballing world alone, there are so many players currently sporting the look, or similar versions of it. Take for example, Sergio Agüero...

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

...or Hakim Ziyech...

Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

...or Aaron Ramsey, from 2016.

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Lionel Messi also did that to his hair around the same time Ramsey did.

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Outside of football, too, the hair choice is pretty common. Zac Efron’s hair currently looks like that...

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...while Riz Ahmed’s hair looked like that last year.

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It’s also pretty popular amongst women, too. Basically half of the Kardashian-Jenner family has experimented with the so-blonde-it’s-almost-white look...

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...and actress Michelle Williams has been sporting the look for several years.

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Clearly, it’s a ridiculously trendy look amongst the rich and famous, and Jones (and his hairdresser) can do whatever they want. I don’t have to like it, either, though hopefully Jones is happy with the results. Ultimately, the look doesn’t feel new or innovative, which it doesn’t have to be.

tl;dr: Sorry about the spam of hairstyles you might not like.

Links of the Day

FIFA is separating people who purchased tickets together for the women’s World Cup.

Brighton has hired Graham Potter as its new manager, ending his one year stay at Swansea.

Scotland has hired Steve Clarke, formerly of Kilmarnock, as the men’s national team’s manager.

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan has retired from the national team a month before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Former Manchester City player and U.S. international DaMarcus Beasley will retire at the end of the MLS season after a 20 year career.

Today’s longer read: Hunter Godson on UEFA’s plans to change women’s football for FourFourTwo