Spurs pre-season friendly & latest transfer news
Tottenham Hotspur got underway in their first pre-season friendly this weekend against Leyton Orient. Nuno Espirito Santo and his Lilywhites travelled across London to draw with the Division Two side 1-1. Over a dozen of the starting eleven were missing from Saturday’s action, giving the new manager a fantastic opportunity to see the youth players in a competitive game setting.
More than 20 Tottenham players made an appearance. Nuno’s starting XI included Joe Hart, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn who were supported by a selection of academy players.
It was young Spurs man Dane Scarlett who opened the scoring after 38 minutes of play. A delicate through ball from Moura gave the 17-year old more than enough opportunity to find the bottom of the net in style.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 18, 2021
After the halftime break, Spurs switched all 10 outfield players and handed over the match to the academy players from there on in. The ‘O’s made their substitution in Ruel Sotiriou, who replaced Aaron Drinan. Minutes later, Sotiriou made his mark with a corker of a finish that meant Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient shared the day’s ultimate spoils. It does not need to be iterated that pre-season friendlies are not about the end result, and to an extent, they’re not really about tactics either. Rather, a glorious opportunity to give both the academy players and the non-international seniors a run-around and ease them into a match-day setting. If Spurs are going to excel in the 2021/2022 Premier League campaign, they are going to need a fully-fit and ultra-focused bench to add depth to their squad.
Commentators and Spurs enthusiasts who attended the game noted that Nile John, Dane Scarlett and Jack Clarke were amongst the most impressive of the young players for Tottenham. Spurs are back on the road Wednesday at Colchester United for their second pre-season friendly match. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Spurs Transfer News
Tottenham Hotspur are yet to sign anybody in the summer transfer window. In fact, they’ve yet to make a single move in terms of buying or selling players.
This is not anything to be alarmed about as most clubs like to wait until the international tournaments are over to conduct business. With the conclusion of the European Championships and the Copa America, Spurs will no doubt see some activity in North London very soon.
Latest news on Harry Kane
In a recent press conference that Nuno gave, the Spurs boss claimed that
‘Harry is our player that’s period and there’s no need to talk about anything else. Now is the time for Harry to recover and rest. When Harry comes again, then we’ll talk. I look forward for him to join the group and start working together’.
In a recent interview, former Spurs player Jamie O’ Hara aired his concerns that Spurs will struggle to get into the top four without Kane. It is no secret that he remains the top target of Manchester City, as the Citizens look to replace Sergio Aguero. The Telegraph have reported that Harry Kane’s England teammates believe there is a potential for the England captain to refuse a return to training in the hopes of pushing Daniel Levy to sell. However, this seems rather uncharacteristic of Kane – a gentleman of football who has never failed in showing his club, the game or his nation the full respect that they deserve.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 19, 2021
Who’s coming in for Tottenham?
Whilst no player has officially joined Spurs this summer, it is reported that a number of players have been instructed that they can leave if they wish. This is said to include Harry Winks, Sissoko and Erik Lamela.
One player who has expressed his desire to join the Lilywhites is Bologna’s Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. Conversations have slowed down due to Tottenham’s hesitance to meet the Italian side’s £20m fee, with the club instead floating an offer closer to £15m.
Spurs have also opened up conversations with Marcus Thuram. Thuram plays his football as a forward for Borussia Monchengladbach. Old Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho has also expressed interest in bringing Thuram to Roma, perhaps one more blow to his former club? The German club wants £21.5m for Thuram, who could pose as a supporting partner for Harry Kane. He’s 6 ft. 4, young, and has great pace. Spurs should do everything in their power to bring the 24-year-old to North London!
Another striker who has been rumoured to Join Spurs is Tammy Abraham. According to the Telegraph, the Chelsea striker has also been offered to North London rivals Arsenal as well as Inter Milan. The young striker has barely appeared under Thomas Tuchel, despite having impressed for both the Blues and Aston Villa during his loan spell. Tammy Abraham is currently valued at around £40m. Would you like to see him at Spurs?