Two new youngsters involved, no sign of Son – 5 things spotted in Tottenham pre-season training

Parrott is back

Tottenham fans are keen to see more of Troy Parrott following his year away from the club on loan.

Starting last campaign with Millwall, the Republic of Ireland striker struggled for minutes across the capital and subsequently headed to Ipswich Town at the start of February.

Scoring for his country in their international games this summer, Parrott will be looking to make his mark under new Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo in pre-season with his future ahead of the new term still up in the air.

Having already returned to pre-season training as he was set to train with the U23s squad before linking up with the first team, Parrott was spotted out on the pitches at Hotspur Way with the senior players.

In good spirits as he looked to get the better of Dele Alli in one training drill, the youngster may get some minutes under his belt this weekend when the team take on Leyton Orient in their first summer friendly.

Two new youngsters involved

Parrott was one of a number of youngsters involved in Espirito Santo’s latest training session at their Enfield base.

With Harvey White, Dane Scarlett, Nile John, TJ Eyoma, Tobi Omole and Jubril Okedina involved last week as their pre-season training got underway, the academy aces were joined by two fresh faces in first-team training.

Centre-back Maksim Paskotsi was one of those called up to train with the senior side as was young striker Kion Etete.

Paskotsi only joined the Lilywhites back in September from Estonian side Flora Tallinn but he has enjoyed quite the rise over the past year.

Impressing for the U18s after becoming a regular in the side, the 18-year-old received his first international cap for Estonia in March after earning a shock call-up before helping them win the Baltic Cup back in June as he played in another two games.

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Given Spurs have a shortage of experienced centre-backs and strikers at present due to international tournaments taking place over the summer, both Paskotsi and Etete will be hoping to be involved this weekend against Leyton Orient.

Skipp and Tanganga back out there

Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga weren’t spotted out on the training pitch at the start of last week for Espirito Santo’s first session outside.

With the former undergoing surgery on a metatarsal injury in May and the latter recovering from an ankle problem, the duo were putting in the work away from the team to ensure they could get back out there as soon as possible.



Oliver Skipp was out on the training pitch with fitness coach Antonio Dias at Hotspur Way
Oliver Skipp was out on the training pitch with fitness coach Antonio Dias at Hotspur Way

However, both players wouldn’t have to wait much longer to be involved as Tottenham tweeted out a video of Skipp working on his fitness with his teammates on Friday before they then published one of Tanganga doing likewise the following day.

Well, the youngsters were back out there on Tuesday and had the ball at their feet as they trained alongside the rest of the first-team squad at Hotspur Way.

That’s clearly a good sign given their recent injury woes and hopefully that will see them given minutes in Tottenham’s upcoming friendly games.

No sign of Son or Aurier

Espirito Santo’s training numbers will be further boosted this week with the return of two familiar faces.

As those involved in international football this summer will return at different times going on when their 2020/21 campaign finally came to an end, it won’t be until the final week of pre-season when the new boss is likely to have all his squad available to work with.

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Son Heung-min is expected to return to the club’s base during the early part of this week after playing for South Korea over the summer, with Serge Aurier also believed to be coming back to training this week following his international commitments with Ivory Coast.

The duo weren’t spotted outside with the rest of their teammates on Tuesday as the club released their weekly training pictures, however, but it shouldn’t be too long until they are out there.

Once both players are involved again then it will be those coming back from the Euros and Copa America who will be the next to return to Hotspur Way.

Fitness coach gets down to work

Espirito Santo isn’t the only new face Tottenham’s players have to get used to as the Portuguese brought two of his coaching staff with him from Wolves to the capital.

Ian Cathro is his assistant head coach after previously working alongside him at a number of different clubs, with Antonio Dias joining as fitness coach.

As fitness was quite clearly an issue last season with the team nowhere near the previous high levels Mauricio Pochettino set, Dias has an important job on his hands getting them back to where they should be.

Such an important time in the season for the players, Dias has been putting the squad through their paces with a number of different drills at Hotspur Way.

In the latest training video on the club’s Twitter page, the players do appear to be enjoying the exercises set up for them by the fitness coach and hopefully it will only help them out later down the line.

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