The seven winners from Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Asia

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have now finished their pre-season tour of Asia, with the squad now heading to Germany to feature in the Audi Cup.

Over the past week, Spurs played two International Champions Cup matches against Juventus in Singapore and Man United in Shanghai.

So, let’s look at the fiver winners from Tottenham’s trip to Asia:

Troy Parrott –

When it comes to academy starlets, there was no bigger winner from the Asia tour than young Troy Parrott. The Irishman partnered Son against Juventus and then Kane against Man United, performing admirably on both occasions. In my opinion, he has staked a real claim at taking that second-choice striker spot next season, in place of the sold Janssen and out of contract Llorente.

Japhet Tanganga –

Up there with Parrott, Tanganga had a brilliant pre-season tour for the Lilywhites, looking comfortable alongside both Alderweireld and Vertonghen in either game. The centre-back actually had more minutes on the pitch than most over the two matches. He looked comfortable on the ball, good with his feet, sensible, competent, and an excellent prospect. Unlike Parrott, who many had tipped to be the next big thing, Tanganga has come out of nowhere to stake a claim.

Lucas Moura –

The Brazilian picked up where he left off last season, scoring two goals across the two games for Tottenham. He always looks a live wire, but as one of the sharpest players on the pitch during the tour, he may have just bumped himself up the pecking order for the first few games of the Prem season. Heung Min Son is also banned for the first two Premier League matches, so we could well see Lucas a lot in the first few weeks.

Oliver Skipp –

Skipp had his breakthrough season last time out, used sporadically by Mauricio Pochettino throughout the year. However, if the 18-year-old’s early pre-season performances are anything to go by, he could have a far bigger role this year. Skipp was one of the best players on the pitch against Juventus and really stood out on the tour as a whole. A lot fresher than the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

Harry Kane –

Not only does Tottenham’s lead striker look the fittest he ever has in a Spurs shirt, but he also capped off his pre-season with a halfway line screamer. If there was any doubt that Kane was not ready for the new season after a series of injuries last campaign and Nations League fixtures with England, that worry has now evaporated.

Kyle Walker-Peters –

Right-back was seen as a problem by some at the start of pre-season, with Trippier sold and Aurier still resting from the African Cup of Nations. Walker-Peters was the only senior full-back on the tour, handing him the perfect chance to make that position his for the new season, and he did not disappoint.

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  1. I agree with the high praise for Japhet and Troy as both players did look the parts they played. I’m very impressed with Skipp too although I do wonder how he’ll fit into the Spurs this year? Maybe a loan stint in the Championship (Derby will probably need another loan player?).

    One player on which I totally disagree is KWP. He did almost nothing great offensively and was especially weak in his crossing. I’d also be willing to bet that he had the highest % of sideways/backwards passes of all the Spurs’ players. Defensively he’s okay but he seems out of position a lot, but Trippier was too so maybe it’s a Poch system thing. Regardless, Juan is the better right fullback defensively but even he doesn’t convince me he’ll be a great attacker.

    Overall, Spurs are not truly set with enough quality players to compete for Top 4 nor the Champions League. How Bruno Fernandes is not a top target is beyond me? He was class against Liverpool and looked like he wanted to beat them, something Eriksen has never truly shown against the big sides. Ryan Sessegnon is also a necessity. Without 2 more quality players, I’d say the upcoming season looks iffy.


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