Naturally, the Tottenham Hotspur players selected to represent their nations in the 2018 World Cup in Russia have received considerable media attention in recent weeks. From trends on Twitter to training snaps from St. George’s Park, it has been captain Kane and his fearsome four who are on the minds of Spurs fans across the country.
But what about the Spurs players who will not be participating in the World Cup this summer? Here is a comprehensive breakdown of what Mauricio Pochettino and the non-international players will be up to this summer…
After assuring anxious Tottenham Hotspur fans that he will be at the club for another five years, Pochettino has remained hard at work at Hotspur Way. The Argentine gaffer has been inputting his ideas for the players’ lodge at the renovated training ground, ensuring that certain features are Poch-approved ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. The lodge will be occupied by the Brazilian national team as they use the facilities to train ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
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Pochettino plans on returning to Barcelona this summer in order to recharge, and make preparations for the coming campaign. The boss will be eager to initiate and authorise transfers during the summer window and will alternate his time between his home in Barcelona and his house in England. Spurs have been noted in previous years for their lack of activity during summer transfer windows – but Pochettino seems fervent to improve the squad this year after talks with Daniel Levy about the financial weight the club are willing to put forward.
The non-international first-teamers
The summer is a great time for players who are recovering from injury or those newcomers who haven’t quite found their feet in the starting XI yet, to receive focus and attention from the Tottenham Hotspur coaches.
Lucas Moura, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Juan Foyth, Harry Winks, Serge Aurier, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Fernando Llorente, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Moussa Sissoko are those squad players who were not selected to participate in the 2018 World Cup.
A few of these players will play in international friendlies, such as Ben Davies and Victor Wanyama; Walker-Peters has been selected to represent the Three Lions in a U21 tournament in Toulon.
Whilst Wanyama and Lamela returned from longstanding injuries during the 2017/18 season, the summer gives these players the chance to return to their fully sharp selves, without the added pressure of performing before 60,000 spectators every week. Harry Winks was unable to make a recovery during the season and will utilise the summer to undergo further surgery to his right ankle and really push for full fitness ahead of August.
Since transferring to North London, both Lucas Moura and Juan Foyth have struggled to cement a consistent spot in the starting squad. Both players had never played in the Premier League before, and Mauricio Pochettino has been known to withhold his players until he is 100% certain they are ready to play. Moura has impressed every time he has come on to the pitch, showing natural flair going forward and an ability to pass players with ease. He will most certainly be looking to impress on the training ground before the break is up.
It has been rumoured that Fernando Llorente and Michel Vorm are likely to leave Tottenham this summer.
The absences on the training ground leave a gaping hole for the development squad players who are on the brink of breakthrough to impress the coaches further. Anthony Georgiou and Jack Roles are representing Cyprus internationally, whilst others will move up to train with first team squad members.
Spurs kick off their pre-season US tour this year on the 25th July, when they will be playing AS Roma in San Diego. Spurs will go on to play Barcelona in Los Angeles and AC Milan in Minneapolis. This tour will obviously provide a golden opportunity for those non-internationals to show off their capabilities in a competitive capacity.