Tottenham Hotspur flew out to Singapore today after announcing their pre-season tour squad for this year, with a few surprising decisions.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest talking points from Poch’s squad:
Eriksen and Alderweireld make the cut –
Despite both being linked with moves away this summer, Eriksen and Alderweireld both made the pre-season tour squad. Eriksen revealed his desire to move onto a new challenge away from Spurs last month (Ekstra Bladet), while Spurs were reportedly in talks with Roma over a potential Alderweireld sale (Sky Sports). With the tour running until just a couple of weeks before the new season, this would tend to suggest that both may potentially be staying put for now. Alderweireld’s £25m release clause actually expires while the team are in Asia (Guardian).
Faith in Youth –
Pochettino has continued his faith in youth with this pre-season tour squad, handing a number of academy starlets the chance to impress. De Bie, Bowden, Georgiou, Lyons-Foster, Marsh, Parrott, Roles, Skipp, Tanganga, White, and Whiteman have all been included.
Trio left at home –
The club announced that Vincent Janssen, Danny Rose, and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou have all been left at home to allow them to explore potential exits. While two of these were to be expected, a Danny Rose sale would not have been at the forefront of many supporters’ minds last season.
Edwards and Onomah missing –
Despite returning from loan spells, youngsters Edwards and Onomah have been left out of the travelling party. While this could mean that the two already have new loan deals in place, the more likely scenario is that they are up for sale.
Full-backs? What are they? –
With Trippier having a medical with Atletico (Football London), Rose exploring a possible exit, Aurier recovering from the African Cup of Nations, and Davies recovering from injury, Kyle Walker-Peters is the only senior full-back on the tour. Foyth and some of the youngsters will probably be utilised in these positions too.
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