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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, February 28

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Hi, all!

It’s Spurs co-manager Karen Hills at the top of the Hoddle today.

Ramble of the Day

Let’s wrap the week with a question: Of the players currently at Tottenham, which would you be the most sad to see go (either because the player went to a new club or retired)?

I’ll go with Son Heung-min, who fairly quickly became my favorite of the squad Mauricio Pochettino built. I remember the first time I thought of Son as my favorite player on the team — it was actually after I went to White Hart Lane back in April 2017 for my one and only time there, a 4-0 win against Bournemouth that Son scored in. I also remember thinking it was likely a slightly controversial pick — Harry Kane was the obvious choice, but I made my decision.

Of course, picking Son isn’t truly controversial because he became a fan favorite quickly enough that this answer doesn’t actually demand much explanation. He’s a thrill to watch, and beyond likable in almost every sense. He’s made a very specific impact as probably only a small number of footballers that is extremely hard to dislike, and he’ll be easy to miss when it’s time.

tl;dr: Which Spurs player will you miss the most when it’s time to either retire or join a new club? (I picked Son.)

Links of the Day

Five Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors over the weekend, including Juventus-Inter Milan, as Italy continues to cope with a coronavirus outbreak.

The NWSL hired Lisa Baird as its new commissioner.

The Finnish FA dropped the word “women” from the names of the women’s leagues in the country in the pursuit “full equality” between men and women in football.

Today’s longer read: Tom Marshall interviews Sporting Kansas City’s Alan Pulido on his complicated relationship with his native Mexico and his journey to MLS for ESPN