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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Tuesday, October 6

Fish and chips country

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Hey, everyone!

I forgot to share this the other day, but here’s another for the weird tennis trophy collection, as presented by 2020 Hamburg Open champion Andrey Rublev.

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Ramble of the Day

I couldn’t find a good roundup of yesterday’s business, so I’m just going to use the ramble for that today, but here’s something extra. Deadline day marks the end of player announcement season, and Leeds ended things on a high by announcing the signing of Raphinha from Rennes. The tease was not very revealing, at least to anyone not deeply familiar with Leeds transfer rumors.

A few of us in the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room thought that might be teasing the signing of Danny Rose, who firmly believes chip shops are better in the northern part of England. The BBC did explain the tweet in the transfer tracker, and it’s better than referencing that a new signing likes fish and chips.

In case you are wondering what this is about, it is firstly a reference to an infamous tweet the club sent late on deadline day in 2014 where they told fans not to go to bed in anticipation of a signing which didn’t come. Instead, they sold two players.

The fish and chips? Well, that is a bit trickier to explain. It would be fair to say the Rennes fans are not happy about Raphinha joining Leeds. And one of them got a bit creative in an expletive-ridden tweet, which ended with a suggestion that Leeds fans do something horrible to their own mother in “your fish and chip country”.

Those fish and chips look delicious, by the way.

Anyway, those transfers:

tl;dr: Leeds’ tease of the Raphinha signing was great and you absolutely should scroll up and read the explanation.

Stay informed, read this: Kate Kelly on Tidjane Thiam, banking’s sole Black CEO, and how he faced blatant racism during his time at the top of Credit Suisse for The New York Times

Links of the Day

The FA is investigating a surprise birthday party for Tammy Abraham that Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho attended because it may have breached coronavirus protocols.

West Ham terminated Jack Wilshere’s contract.

Arsenal will no longer have mascot Gunnersaurus at matches.

A longer read: Molly McElwee on the need to contextualize blowouts and avoid the assumption of imbalanced competition in the women’s game for The Telegraph