Tottenham Hotspur is riding a tidal wave of momentum into preseason this summer. Last season, the north London club opened its brand new 62,000+ capacity stadium, advanced to the Champions League final for the first time, and began their offseason with a club-record transfer signing.
Throughout the rest of the summer, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to further strengthen his squad while also evaluating the many talents already at his disposal. Those talents include aforementioned record signing Tanguy Ndombele, along with promising academy products Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott who could force their way into the manager’s current plans.
Tottenham Hotspur started their new campaign with a bang, winning the signature for highly sought after French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old arrived in London after Tottenham completed a €60 million transfer with his former club Lyon.
Ndombele joins an already talented Tottenham midfield with the likes of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen all enjoying solid seasons. The box to box midfielder seems to fit nicely into Pochettino’s tactics and will likely fill the role of the recently departed Moussa Dembele.
Clubs typically don’t spend record-breaking amounts of money on players to have them sit on the bench, so it’s expected Ndombele will feature early and heavily for Spurs this upcoming year. The ICC will be an excellent opportunity for the French international to show Pochettino why he deserves to be in the starting lineup once the Premier League season begins in August.
Tottenham academy graduate and life-long Spurs fan Oliver Skipp lived out his childhood dream last season when he made his competitive first-team debut against West Ham. The 18-year-old midfielder went on to make 12 appearances in all competitions and will look to build on his impressive rookie campaign.
However, the addition of Ndombele in Tottenham's already skilled midfield makes Skipp’s quest for more first-team even more challenging. Skipp made a name for himself during last years ICC, with a particularly impressive showing against A.C. Milan at U.S. Bank Stadium. If he can play even better this summer, he might make Tottenham rethink their plan of transferring in another midfielder.
After bagging 19 goals in 27 appearances for Tottenham’s youth teams, rumors are swirling that the 17-year-old striker Troy Parrott has impressed enough to earn a chance with the first team this upcoming season. The young Irishman is already being deemed the heir to Harry Kane and it looks like he’ll have a chance this summer to stake his claim for the back-up striker role. Parrott already made several trips to away first team Premier League fixtures last season and if he continues his scoring ways, his debut won’t be too far on the horizon.