Eriksen, Wimmer & co – the winners & losers from Tottenham Hotspur’s USA pre-season tour so far


Christian Eriksen

The Dane was in fine form against PSG in the friendly on Saturday night at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

He looked sharp and at his creative best and his goal from fully 30 yards was a thing of beauty and must qualify as one of the best first goals of a Tottenham campaign in the club’s history.

Eriksen played the full 90 minutes and took four shots, with three on target and created a further two chances. He took 55 chances with only Ben Davies seeing the ball more, with 86 touches.

The Dane admitted the previous day that he is very happy at a club he feels is ‘special’ and if he can continue to improve season by season then Spurs will benefit, for when Eriksen is playing well then Tottenham are playing well.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe goes close against PSG

Tashan Oakley-Boothe

The teenager was handed his Spurs debut and spent the whole of the second half at the Camping World Stadium out wide in the three attacking midfield slots behind Harry Kane and he did his US tour report card no harm at all.

At just 17-years-old, Oakley-Boothe has a long way to go before he will be a regular for the starting team but he is progressing nicely and is one of the academy’s most highly rated young stars and trained with the first team on occasions last season.

He showed plenty of energy and a few skills during his cameo and the confidence gained will do wonders for a player who managed to earn call ups to the U23 squad last season as well as becoming a key player in the U18 team’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup, where they were beaten by Chelsea.

Harry Winks get some instructions from Mauricio Pochettino as he prepares to come on

Spurs’ young midfielders

With the club’s complete lack of activity the chances of Harry Winks and Josh Onomah playing more matches next season grows by the week.

Both are highly rated by all within the club. Winks looks to be fully over his ankle injury which ended his fine breakthrough campaign in April.

Onomah is expected to get much more game time this season and had the boost of Mousa Dembele telling the media after the win against PSG that the 20-year-old is one of the most gifted youngsters of his generation.

The longer Spurs don’t dip into the transfer market, the more time the talented duo have to prove their case to Mauricio Pochettino.


Cameron Carter-Vickers takes to the air at the Camping World Stadium

Spurs’ young defenders

This is incredibly harsh and we fully realise that. It was just one game and hopefully Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyle Walker-Peters will have plenty more opportunities during the trip to America to press their claims for Premier League debuts.

Both players are still young and learning their trade and if you were to judge them on their 45 minutes alongside each other against PSG you’d probably say they are not quite ready to be launched into the Premier League.

Both had bright moments, Walker-Peters especially going forward, but they were both culpable for the goals the Ligue 1 side scored.

Pochettino will have seen plenty of the pair in training and rates them highly. However, they need to make sure they concentrate in the coming games or risk Spurs’ investing in new defenders that may stagnate their own progress.

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Kevin Wimmer

If we are to judge the two young players harshly then the same rule must be applied to an older defender in Kevin Wimmer.

The Austrian is believed to be keen on a move, wanting to play more than the ten games he managed last season Spurs.

However, he had a moment to forget during the match when he let a long ball drift over his head and into the path of a PSG player. Fortunately for the Spurs man, the bounce of the ball allowed to get back and put a foot in.

Last season’s rare appearances were marked by a couple of errors from the rusty Wimmer and he needs to try to eradicate those otherwise his chances of more minutes will be slim.

Moussa Sissoko is back home in England

Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko did not make the tour after club doctors decided it was not a good idea for him to play in the US heat after he had just recovered from a virus.

Pochettino did say that the soon to be 28-year-old record signing is in his plans for next season but he said the same about Clinton Njie around the same time last year and the Cameroon international was soon loaned out to Marseille, a club he joined permanently this summer.

Sissoko will be out of Pochettino’s thoughts for this two-week spell in the USA and other young players have the chance to press their claims in his absence.

Some say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but after one victory already, that may not end up being the case for Sissoko.


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