Here is your football.london Spurs morning digest on Wednesday, October 20.
Kieran Trippier open Premier League return
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has revealed that he would welcome a return to the Premier League.
Trippier left north London for Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £20million in 2019, having racked up more than 100 appearances in all competitions for Spurs following his move from Burnley.
Trippier made 35 appearances in all competitions for Atletico last season, helping the club lift the La Liga title for the first time in seven years.
The right-back told the Daily Mail: “I would love to play in the Premier League again.
“I know what I came here to do and I have done it.”
Jose Mourinho vindicated in signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hasn’t disappointed his managers or fans since his arrival in north London last year and this has continued in his 12 appearances for Tottenham so far this season.
After a slightly rocky start to the season for Nuno Espirito Santo, he has led his team to back-to-back wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle, in their most recent league games.
In his first season in north London, the Dane played every minute of Premier League football for the Lilywhites, as well as making seven appearances in other competitions.
Hojbjerg got two goals and four assists in the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, as well as managing 108 accurate long balls and 98 tackles, but he isn’t always the first to be praised.
When the Dane arrived at the club, Jose Mourinho was in charge and the Portuguese boss was full of praise for Hojbjerg, particularly after his Man of the Match performance in the North London Derby last year.
“Pierre is very intelligent, he reads the game very well, he understands the game very well. He is going to be a coach one day, for sure. He is a pain [in training], always asking questions why we do this and that,” he said in the post match press conference.
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The seven players that need to leave north London in January
After the winter period, for Tottenham there will be less chances for fringe players to get game time as the Europa Conference League group stage games end and the cup matches become less frequent.
Spurs could also look at one or two reinforcements if the right move arises and to do that would necessitate moving others on to raise funds and create space.
Here are the players who could potentially leave the club in January permanently or on loan.
It’s just not working out for Harry Winks at the moment at Spurs. It looked like it was just that Jose Mourinho did not believe he was regular starting material but now Nuno Espirito Santo appears to agree.
The return of another academy product in Oliver Skipp, who has quickly become a key figure in the Tottenham midfield, has further blocked a path for Winks which already had Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the way.
The young Wales international has had a tough time since arriving at Tottenham.
Take away the fact that Rodon couldn’t play European football in his first season and an unfortunately-timed injury at the start of this season, and he’s just never been given a run in the team even after impressing.
Read who the other five players are that need to leave the club here.