Tottenham Hotspur will wrap up their 2018 International Champions Cup pre-season campaign against AC Milan in Minnesota on Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino will once again be without a number of first-team regulars, with Tottenham set to have fewer options in the midfield. As a result, our manager is expected to bank on youngsters as we must end the US tour on a winning note.
Spurs thrashed AS Roma 4-1 before losing on penalties to Barcelona after fighting back from two goals down in normal time. Pochettino will hope his team completes the final US tour game unscathed before travelling to the Municipal de Montilivi to take on Girona in the final warm-up game ahead of the 2019/19 season.
Without further ado, let us have a look at Tottenham’s lineup against AC Milan.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Michel Vorm (GK)
Michel Vorm has done well in the pre-season so far and is expected to start the game against Milan.
Serge Aurier (RB)
Aurier needs to find his rhythm to regain his Ligue 1 form.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (CB)
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Sanchez was excellent in his debut season with Spurs, seamlessly slotting in our gaffer’s first XI. The Colombian must build on that after a decent World Cup campaign.
Kyle Walker-Peters (LB)
Walker-Peters had an off day in the last game against Barcelona, meaning he could play this one.
Luke Amos (CM)
Luke Amos played the whole game against Barcelona. He impressed with his passing and close-control that should be enough to make him start in Minnesota.
Oliver Skipp (CM)
Partnering Amos in central midfield could be Oliver Skipp, the 17-year-old who did well in the last game.
Lucas Moura (RW)
Moura has been fantastic throughout the pre-season, driving at defenders with real pace and always causing trouble to the opposition defenders with his movement. The Milan game is another opportunity for the nippy Brazilian to work his way into Pochettino’s starting XI.
Christian Eriksen (CAM)
Spurs’ creative hub, Christian Eriksen, will be expected to fall back a bit deeper to aid the young midfielders and create chances.
Heung-min Son (LW)
Son looks sharper and quicker in the pre-season which is indeed a good sign ahead of the new campaign. The South Korean will be available for Spurs’ first game of the season against Newcastle United, before he flies out to join up with his national side for the Asian Games.
Fernando Llorente (ST)
Llorente had a terrible last game, barely touching the ball and he failed to make any sort of impact. However, the big Spaniard is again expected to lead our attack against the Serie A club.
Tottenham interested in signing 22-year-old Serie A ace as possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has eight Serie A appearances this season and has helped the side to fifth place in the table.
The report claims that Alderweireld has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. The Dane joined the Serie A side from FC Twente last season for a fee of €4million (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old, and the Milan club has a history of signing players from Sampdoria.
Milan Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has become one of the best defenders in the league. The report further claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero wants at least €30million for the defender.
Tottenham have a problem with Alderweireld as the report claims his contract is up in 2019 and could leave for free if terms are not agreed on a new deal.
The Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and losing him would be a big blow. Spurs have a great partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld and we must look to keep the pair for as long as possible.
Andersen could be a decent option for Spurs should we sign him on the cheap. Tottenham have Davinson Sanchez as the other defender fighting for a starting spot in the heart of the defence currently and Andersen would be a good choice.
“No, of course not” – Young Tottenham star ready to play for England U21 despite featuring for senior side
Harry Winks is ready to play for the England U21 side and follow the footsteps of Harry Kane. The U21 side have qualified for the Euros and the midfielder was asked if he had any issues playing for the U21s.
The Englishman was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
“No, of course not.
“The more games I play the better. I have missed a lot of football with my ankle injury and I’ve had a lot of problems with it still to this day.
“I have to manage it at times, but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level; under 21s, under 19s, under 18s, under 17s.
Kane played for the U21s in the 2015 European Championship despite playing for the senior side a couple of months earlier, as per the report.
The Tottenham midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-2 win over Spain and put up a good performance.
The 21-year-old had an injury-plagued 2017/18 season but seems to have put those concerns behind him in the current campaign.
Winks has a couple of Premier League starts to his name and should have a big role to play as we look to win silverware under Mauricio Pochettino. He is such a great talent and we’d benefit a lot if he fulfills his potential at Tottenham.
Tottenham interested in January move for £15m West Brom attacker
Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, according to the Sun (h/t Express). The Scot has a goal from two Carabao Cup appearances for the Baggies this season but hasn’t made a start in the Championship.
The report adds that Tottenham and Newcastle scouts watched the 21-year-old against Blackpool last week. The 21-year-old was a rising star for Nottingham Forest and joined RB Leipzig in the 2016/17 season.
Burke failed to make an impression for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League. The youngster failed to score a goal for the team, and the report adds that the player will not come on the cheap.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in the summer, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with the January transfer window.
Burke hasn’t been great in the past two years but working under Mauricio Pochettino could be the right move for the youngster.
Our manager has done extremely well with young talent at Tottenham such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane and it remains to be seen if he can work his magic again.
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