Takeaways From Tottenham’s Preseason Squad

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Takeaways From Tottenham’s Preseason Squad

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Takeaways From Tottenham’s Preseason Squad

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Tottenham Hotspur just released their preseason squad that will travel to Korea to play in the Coupang Play Series and train in South Korea. A few notable names, such as Tanguy Ndombele, Giovanni Lo Celso, Harry Winks, and Sergio Reguilon have been excluded from the squad. Below is the list of all traveling players:

 

 

Another notable player missing is Clement Lenglet, a center back who just joined Tottenham on loan a few days ago. He is missing the preseason tour because he did not have enough time to get a visa, not because he is not in manager Antonio Conte’s plans. 

Three of the four who did not make the squad, Ndombele, Lo Celso, and Winks are midfielders. Ndombele and Lo Celso could be played in a more advanced midfield position as well, so with them likely leaving the club before the season starts, the Spurs will be lacking in a creative midfielder. It will be interesting to see if Conte and the Spurs try to add an attacking midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window as a lack of a creative midfielder has cost the team points in the past couple of seasons. 

Sticking with the midfielder, it will be interesting to see how Oliver Skipp is as he returns to playing in games as he missed almost half of last season with a groin injury and then subsequent infection. Skipp will be fighting with Danish international Pierre-Emile Højbjerg for a spot in a midfield pivot with new signing Yves Bissouma from Brighton. Another midfield player to watch in the preseason is Pape Matar Sarr. The 19-year-old Sengalese midfielder was bought by Tottenham last season during the summer transfer window, but played the season on loan at his previous club FC Metz. Given he was bought while the season was still underway, this will be Spurs’ first look at Sarr training with the club and with Conte as manager. It will be interesting to see how the young midfielder looks in Conte’s system and if he can win a place in the match day squad this year, or if he will be sent back out on loan. 

Moving to the attackers, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Dejan Kulusevski, and Richarlison are all in the squad and we will get a look at how Conte wants to line them up in attack. Will it be like last season with Kane, Son, and Kulusevski being the three starting attackers, or will Richarlison be preferred to start in attack over Kulusevski? Another note on the attackers is that academy prospect Dane Scarlett will not be with the squad on the trip as he is recovering from competing for England in the Under-19 EUROs. With Scarlett not being part of the squad, Troy Parrott will have a chance to make a big impression on Conte and possibly earn a place at Tottenham this season. If not, he will likely be put on another loan, making his chances for a long-term stay at Spurs increasingly unlikely. 

This is a big preseason for the Spurs and Conte. It will be interesting to see what we learn when the club returns from South  Korea and we get close to the start of Premier League play.

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