Tottenham and Pochettino without several key men for United States tour
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2018
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Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son are among the few big names out in America with Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur travelled to the United States on Sunday and boss Mauricio Pochettino was able to select some of his most high-profile players.
With nine members of the Spurs squad making the semi-finals of the World Cup, the Lilywhites were always going to be without some of their key personnel.
But Pochettino was able to name the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son in their 25-man squad.
Other first-teamers who travelled include Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ben Davies, Juan Foyth, Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko and Fernando Llorente.
Meanwhile Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who both ended the previous campaign out on loan, have been included in the group by Pochettino.
Youngsters Luke Amos, Brandon Austin, TJ Eyoma, Anthony Georgiou, George Marsh, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Oliver Skipp, Kazaiah Sterling and Alfie Whiteman have also travelled.
The aforementioned fringe players will look to make the most of their opportunity to impress the Tottenham boss and his coaching staff in the USA.
While these members of the Spurs squad have gone abroad, a handful of first-teamers are back at Hotspur Way.
Harry Winks hasn’t travelled as he continues his rehabilitation from ankle surgery at the start of the summer.
More interestingly, forward Vincent Janssen and young attacker Marcus Edwards are not in the touring party.
Janseen spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Fenerbahce and the Turkish club are understood to be keen to secure his services again.
Edwards, meanwhile, has failed to force his way into Pochettino’s plans since his debut in September 2016.
The cameo appearance against Gillingham in the League Cup remains his only outing for Spurs to date.
And the decision to not take him to the United States suggests it may prove to be his last for the Lilywhites too.
Elsewhere, another player who worked his way through the academy and didn’t go to America is Josh Onomah.
Onomah, 21, spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, but has remained at Hotspur Way because a knee injury according to Evening Standard.
Tottenham Hotspur USA touring squad: Serge Aurier, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ben Davies, Christian Eriksen, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Davinson Sanchez, Moussa Sissoko, Heung-min Son, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Luke Amos, Brandon Austin, TJ Eyoma, Anthony Georgiou, George Marsh, Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Oliver Skipp, Kazaiah Sterling, Alfie Whiteman.