England stars believe Harry Kane could snub Tottenham training to … Sat, 17 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-Tottenham Hotspur travels across town in London to face Leyton Orient in their first preseason match of the 2021/22 campaign, so wh…
Tottenham Hotspur travels across town in London to face Leyton Orient in their first preseason match of the 2021/22 campaign, so what can we expect?
We know that Tottenham is going to be quite shorthanded in their first preseason match against Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium in London. Despite missing almost a full XI from the summer commitments, Tottenham has enough senior players available to show some things against the O’s. Here are three things to look for in Saturday’s friendly for Spurs.
Can Tottenham show their physicality?
One of the exciting things about bringing in new Head Coach Nuno Espirito Santo is that the Portuguese tactician is known for aggressive, physical, hardnose football teams. Somewhere between the lost Champions League final and the end of Mourinho’s reign, Tottenham became a soft team.
Being a soft team is not something that can continue and Saturday is a perfect opportunity to begin to change the narrative about Tottenham and toughness. The O’s are a League Two team and as such Tottenham should be the superior team both from a talent and physicality perspective. The Spurs need to prove that against Leyton.
This is not to say the Lilywhites need to be bullies against their neighbors in a friendly, but it is about establishing something and it starts with being a strong team both mentally and physically,
Tottenham need to play from the front foot
Just as Tottenham was lacking physically last season they were also far too passive a football team. Spurs were quite comfortable sitting back looking for opportunities on the counter and trying to absorb whatever came at them. Unfortunately, often what came at the team was too much of a burden to bear and points were dropped.
A big part of the Tottenham DNA is playing aggressive, attacking football. Saturday, against a team two divisions below them, is a perfect opportunity for the Lilywhites to play on the front foot.
Specifically, we need to see some long balls over the top to work on stretching the defense. We need to see some through balls up the seems to help keep the defense honest. We need to see some service and some crosses and some balls into the box – no matter who the striker might be.
Most importantly, we need to see Tottenham play with some real tempo to their game. Part of being a physical team is bringing real pace and purpose to one’s play. If the Spurs can get the tempo right while pushing forward and into the box, this is a team that can score some goals.
What kind of attitude is in the air?
The third and final thing we need to watch for is to simply watch the player. There were times last season where some players looked like they had no idea how to play football or were simply too scared to do what they were supposed to. Spurs need to replace scared players with smiles and positive energy.
Are the players communicating with one another and working as a team? Are the players celebrating the goals and showing some frustration when things do not go their way? Are the players consistently running hard and putting a real shift in? Are the player having fun?
If the answers are yes to all those questions during the match, then things can get better in a hurry at N17 this season. Yes, the team needs some new players and needs to move some deadwood but there is still a talented team at the core.
If that talented team is to do anything, the attitude has to be right. With the right attitude, a forward-thinking approach, and a real physical presence Tottenham can begin taking steps in the right direction again.
Three things to look for in Tottenham Hotspurs' first friendly Sat, 17 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-England players think there is a real possibility Harry Kane could refuse to report for pre-season training at Tottenham as he looks to push through a big-money …
England players think there is a real possibility Harry Kane could refuse to report for pre-season training at Tottenham as he looks to push through a big-money move to champions Manchester City this summer.
Kane informed Spurs he was keen for a fresh challenge back in May before departing for international duty with the Three Lions at Euro 2020, with City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid all closely monitoring the situation.
Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of Kane and widespread reports last month suggested City had seen an opening £100million offer for the 27-year-old rejected by their Premier League rivals.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stood firm amid the intense speculation and released a statement vowing to ‘do whatever is right for the club’, suggesting he had not yet given up hope of keeping hold of the talismanic striker.
Newly-appointed Nuno Espirito Santo made his stance abundantly clear regarding Kane’s future at his opening press conference on Friday as he stressed that the forward was still at the heart of his plans for the forthcoming season.
‘I have no doubts in my mind. What I wish is for Harry to recover well and have a good rest,’ the Tottenham head coach told reporters.
‘When he arrives he will feel that he has to commit himself to become better. We are ambitious, we want to do well and we count on Harry to do that.
‘Harry is our player, period. There is no need to talk about anything else. Now is the time for him to rest. When he returns we can have a good conversation. I am looking forward to him joining the group.’
According to The Telegraph, many of Kane’s England colleagues – who have been with the attacker for the last six weeks – believe he could be prepared to snub training in a bid to force his way to the Etihad before the transfer window closes.
Kane’s camp have maintained throughout that he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ which would allow him to leave this summer but there’s a chance the situation could become unpleasant if Spurs continue to dig their heels in.
The England captain – who has scored 221 goals in 336 games for his boyhood club – is yet to speak with new boss Nuno and is not interested in discussing the possibility of staying on for another year.
Kane’s bid to leave Tottenham has never been related to wages, rather his burning desire to start adding major silverware to his CV after failing to lift a single trophy across his near decade-long spell in the first-team in north London.
City could turn their attentions to Bayern Munich and Poland superstar Robert Lewandowski after having their opening bid for Kane turned down by Spurs but the England skipper remains their priority for the time being.
Widely regarded to be among the finest attacking players in world football, Kane finished last season with the most goals (23) and the most assists (14) in the English top flight.
Kane had a slow start at this summer’s European Championships but finished with a tally of four goals as England lost out to Roberto Mancini’s Italy in the final.
Only Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (5) and the Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick (5) scored more times than Kane at this summer’s tournament.
Earlier this month, Guardiola played down the rumours linking Kane with City and suggested a deal was ‘impossible’ if the eye-watering prices being bandied about were the truth.
‘At the prices we are not going to buy any strikers. It is impossible, we cannot afford it,’ Guardiola said.
‘All clubs are struggling financially; we are not an exception. We have Gabriel [Jesus] and Ferran [Torres] who have been incredible in this position.
‘We have young players in the academy and we play many times with a false nine.
‘There is more of a chance we aren’t going to buy a striker for next season.’
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