In spurs first official pre season game of the season, we drew 1-1 with league one Swindon Town, we played a mixture of first team and development squad players. We also lined up with the apparent AVB preferred 4-3-3 formation.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a thunder bolt into the top of the goal, leaving the keeper watching on. We made 10 changes at the break and a further two in the second period, the Swindon Team including three players we have loaned to them on season long loan deals Grant Hall, Alex Pritchard and Massimo Loungo, and two former spurs players, released by the club this summer In Nathan Bryne and Jack Barthram, impressed on the night in this post, im going to set out what i think the 2013/14 season holds for the players on show, last night.
In the first half we lined up with:
Lloris – Hope to see him promote his squad number to the 1 jersey this season, if we manage to find a buyer for Gomes, superb debut season from the France captain and one of our genuine ‘world class players’ we did very well to get him when you think Barcelona and Real Madrid are both on the look out for new keepers, he is in the top 5 in the world, and in my opinion the best in the premiership. Hope he makes the position his own at the lane and could be our number one for the next 10 years.
Kyle Walker- Expect him to be our first choice right back, and this is a very big year for him if he wants to cement his position in the England squad in a world cup year, he will need to replicate his form of the 2011/12 season.
Michael Dawson- Likely captain, will need to maintain good form to keep in the side with Younes back to full fitness, and to sneak a place in England’s world cup squad.
Kevin Stewart – Young academy graduate, will be looking to build on his successful loan spell towards the end of last season with Crewe Alexander, will likely head out on loan again this campaign, but good signs to see him involved with the first team squad.
Kyle Naughton- A player not good enough to play for Tottenham, in my view and one who we could sell for £5 Million and then replace with our academy graduate Adam Smith for free. Naughton would suit a lot of mid to lower table Premiership teams and we should sell this summer if we receive a suitable offer.
Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson – The Iceland international struggled at first, after his move to Spurs, but towards the business end of the season he was fantastic, popping up with a host of important goals, and his general link up play was excellent, at just 23 i see Gylfi being a very important player for us this season and would hope he can get into double figures in the league with his great shooting skills.
Tom Huddlestone- A loyal servant to the club and captained us in the Champions League against Inter home and away, but its time for him to be sold, with Sunderland and Fulham reported very interested, he has fallen well down the pecking order at spurs, and i would expect ‘Big Tom’ to leave N17 this window.
Nabil Bentaleb- Young French center midfielder, tough in the tackle and impressed greatly in our successful Next-Gen teams, would see his first loan move likely for this year, possibly already championship ready, thought of very highly by Chris Ramsey.
Gareth Bale- I don’t need to say anymore about this man in the top three best players in the world, great news he is staying and another 31 goal season would be just lovely.
Jermain Defoe- In the top 10 Tottenham goal scores of all time, but has never hit 20 goals in the premiership, and at 31 may be time to move on, he will not go to a club of higher standing than Tottenham so if Jermain is willing to accept a substitute role as he proved to devastating effect against Manchester City, would be good to keep him in the squad.
Christian Ceballos, been with Tottenham for two seasons now, yet to head out loan, and yet to make a first team appearance, it has been a slow introduction to life at spurs for the former Barcelona youngster, he has impressed me greatly at under 21 level and has an abundance of pace and trickery, the Spanish winger will be aiming to make his Prem debut along with some appearances in the Europa and Carling cup this season.
Second Half Tottenham team 10 changes, Gylfi remained on until the 60th minute.
Brad Friedel – 42 years old, and looks older but still a reliable keeper to have at the club, although the 4-1 defeat in Milan highlighted the fact that the American does not fit into our high line defence, would be better suited as a third choice keeper.
Adam Smith – Big year for Smith, feels as though its been an age since he broke onto the scene as a substitute in the friendly against Borrusia Dortmund and impressed, he has had numerous loan spells and either needs a premiership loan or push Kyle Naughton out of the squad.
Steven Caulker- England International, and future Tottenham captain expect another solid season from the academy graduate, Has an eye for goal, and a real danger at set pieces, at just 21 the fans should expect to much on his young shoulders.
Jan Vertongen- Super Jan, classy player and fans favourite comfortable on the left hand side, a top player who could get into any top European side.
Danny Rose- For me not good enough to own the number 3 jersey and we should sell while his stock is high following an impressive loan spell at Sunderland, Rose isn’t happy to be a squad player, and has been warned about his comments on social media platforms by the club on numerous occasions.
Scott Parker- The man with the 360 degree pivot turn, a give all attitude but has started to fade towards the end of last season,and the arrival of Paulinhio who if rumours are to be believed has been promised Scott’s number 8 shirt, has been linked with a £2 million move across London to join former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.
Tom Carroll- Tom can do no wrong in many fans eyes, another academy graduate and England U21 international, Tom will be looking to push on from his breakthrough season last time out.
Aaron Lennon- Azza, one of our longest serving players, needs a solid season to get into England’s World cup squad.
Andros Townsend- Andros after his loan at QPR, in which he was player of the season after only being at the club 4 months, will be aiming to cement a squad place at Spurs this season, and Push Bale and Lennon for a starting spot.
Laste Dombaxe- The young tough tackling defensive midfielder from Angola, was great for our table topping u21’s last season, may look for his first loan spell away this season as well as debuts in early rounds of the cup competitions.
Jon Obika- At 24 years of age and obviously not going to make the grade needs to be sold, and is currently in talks about a permanent move to Charlton.
Zeki Freyers- After joining from Standard Leige, i have the feeling as though he has been held back a bit, due to the complications of his move with Manchester United unhappy at the way Daniel Levy conducted the deal, Zeki will be more involved with the first team squad this season. The England youth team international who has played Champions League for United can play at center back or left back.
Written by John Wenham #COYS