The five losers from Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Asia


Tottenham Hotspur are now on their way to Germany to compete in the Audi Cup after their successful tour of Asia over the past week.

Spurs played against Juventus and Man United in Singapore and Shanghai respectively, finishing up with one win and one loss.

There were many class performers for Spurs over the week, but let’s take a look at the five losers of the tour:

Dele Alli –

The England man looked far from sharp in Asia and seemed as if he was a couple of weeks behind everyone else in his training. After a disappointing season last time out, it would have been nice to see Dele take pre-season by the scruff of the neck, but it wasn’t to be.

Paulo Gazzaniga –

Tipped to be Hugo Lloris’ eventual replacement, Gazzaniga looked far from comfortable in goal against Juve and United. The Argentine was at fault for the first goal against Man U, and looked a little sketchy when coming off his line a few times. Hopefully it will be chalked down to a couple of bad games for the keeper and he can kick on this year.

Anthony Georgiou –

While Georgiou boasted more minutes on the pitch than almost everyone in Asia, he looked far from convincing at left-back for me. Wasn’t quite good enough defensively and seemed a little lost when getting in forward positions for some reason. Can’t remember him crossing a single ball across either game. Looked to be there to fill a spot more than anything.

Moussa Sissoko –

Had an awful time of it against Dan James and United earlier this week, bringing down the youngster again and again. The Frenchman also seemed to stamp on the new United player, which is never okay to see. I’m sure that he just needs time to sharpen up again and find his form, but it wasn’t a good tour for Moussa.

Erik Lamela –

After so many injuries at Spurs and the future of Eriksen uncertain, I was hoping to see Lamela step up and show us the kind of form we know he has in him. While he scored a tap in against Juve, he did little else across the Asia tour. Lamela may be an important squad player this season, but unless he shows Poch something sooner rather than later, I can’t see him having a bigger role than that.

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  1. Lamela was one of our best players on the day. You must be crazy to call him a loser, unless you simply didn’t see the game.


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