Spurs officially kick off their pre-season tour on Wednesday against Team K League, which means the team are heading to the Far East to settle down. Tottenham Hotspur have announced the squad making the trip, meaning we can read between the lines as to who is in Antonio Conte’s plans and who is on the island of exile waiting to be moved.
Forwards: Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison, Bryan Gil, Lucas Moura, Troy Parrott
Midfielders/Wingers: Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Harvey White, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Pape Matar Sarr, Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur, Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty
Defenders: Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Japhet Tanganga, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Charlie Sayers, Davinson Sanchez
Guardians: Hugo Lloris, Fraser Forster, Brandon Austin, Josh Keeley
Notable additions that stand out are Gil and Sarr, who were both on loan last season. If they take this trip, it means Conte wants to see what they can bring to the table before making a decision on their future. It is expected that they will each be loaned out, but you never know. We could blow Conte away and earn a place in the team.
The list of centre-backs is a little thin, but there’s a reason for that:
Joe Rodon (illness) missed out, while Clement Lenglet’s recent arrival means he lacks the necessary paperwork to travel to Korea.
Joe just can’t seem to get a break, and he’s also been tied away from the club for most of the summer. I would be surprised if he is still at Hotspur Way in September. As for Lenglet, it was reported when his transfer was completed. There just wasn’t enough time to take care of his paperwork for the trip, so he will train in London and almost certainly make the trip to Scotland when Spurs take on Rangers in two weeks.
The rest of the players who stayed at home are as follows:
Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks will continue their pre-season preparations at Hotspur Way. Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett are on extra time off following their international commitments and recent success in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
It’s no surprise that Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks were all left behind in London for this. All three are not in Conte’s plans and are being actively bought by Fabio Paratici. Sergio Reguilon’s freeze may come as a slight surprise, but he’s clearly the third choice with the arrival of Ivan Perisic and Conte’s clear preference for Ryan Sessengon. Spurs will try to recoup much of the fee they paid for him, but suitors have been few.
Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett are still basking in their Euro U-19 glory and are set to return to the squad in a matter of weeks. Both are likely to secure loans to other clubs, although Devine could push hard for the senior side.