Report explains whether Spurs will be affected by Africa Cup of Nations

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Tottenham are not set to be impacted by the effects of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations as none of the current squad play for any countries involved.

The 33rd edition of the tournament is due to kick off on January 9, with a clash between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso to open proceedings. 

A report from football.london has run the rule on the Premier League sides in London who could feel the effect of the tournament, which will see a host of players leave their clubs to join up with their respective national teams. 

Spurs find themselves on the more fortunate end of the scale and won’t be affected at all, as they are the only London side to have no African players registered in their playing squad. 

It is a positive for Nuno Espirito Santo, who appears as if he is still getting to grips with his new squad since taking over in the summer. 

The tournament will be less kind on Spurs’ North London rivals Arsenal, who will lose the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Mohamed Elneny in January. 

Chelsea, meanwhile, are set to lose starting goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and midfielder Hakim Ziyech to the tournament.

Other Premier League stars who could part ways with the clubs include Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.

The full list could be as follows:

Arsenal: Thomas Partey (Ghana), Mohamed Elneny (Egypt), Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)

Aston Villa: Mahmoud Trezeguet (Egypt), Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso), Marvelous Nakamba (Zimbabwe)

Brentford: Julian Jeanvier (Guinea), Frank Onyeka (Nigeria), Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Ghana),

Brighton: Yves Bissouma (Mali)

Burnley: Maxwel Cornet (Ivory Coast)

Chelsea: Edouard Mendy (Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)

Crystal Palace: Cheikhou Kouyate (Senegal), Jeffrey Schlupp (Ghana), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast)

Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Ivory Coast), Alex Iwobi (Nigeria)

Leeds United: None

Leicester City: Daniel Amartey (Ghana), Nampalys Mendy (Senegal), Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)

Liverpool: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Naby Keita (Guinea), Sadio Mane (Senegal)

Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

Manchester United: Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast), Amad Diallo (Ivory Coast)

Newcastle United: None

Norwich City: None

Southampton: Moussa Djenepo (Mali), Mohammed Salisu (Ghana),

Tottenham Hotspur: None

Watford: Peter Etebo (Nigeria), William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria), Adam Masina (Morocco), Ismaila Sarr (Senegal), Emmanuel Dennis (Nigeria)

West Ham: None

Wolves: Romain Saiss (Morocco)

Spurs Web Opinion 

The Africa Cup of Nations’ awkward place on the calendar means it is going to wreak havoc on a number of sides across Europe, who will lose key players for a month. Spurs are fortunate on this occasion that they will be unharmed by the tournament, with their lack of African players in their current set-up. 

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