What Paratici was doing ahead of the game
In attendance on Saturday in the 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient, new managing director of football Fabio Paratici was once again watching on in the team’s second pre-season friendly of the summer.
Already making a big impact in the job as he plots big changes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, next week looks set to be a busy one with incomings and outgoings in N17 expected to happen.
Spurs fans have been desperate for the club to bring in fresh faces after such a disappointing 2020/21 campaign but they may not have to wait much longer to finally see players sign on the dotted line.
The Lilywhites have been in advanced talks for Atalanta duo Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero, with Sevilla’s Bryan Gil also looking set to be another new signing.
A busy man as he looks to add to the squad and get the club back on track, Paratici was constantly on his phone as he strolled about the pitch at the Jobserve Community Stadium ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off.
Maybe he was trying to get a few deals over the line?
Without a number of first-team players last time out at Leyton Orient, Nuno Espirito Santo once again had to do without a few of the squad.
Matt Doherty again missed out as did fellow defenders Sergio Reguilon and Ryan Sessegnon, with Tanguy Ndombele also not included for the trip to Colchester.
Joe Hart, who started at Orient, was also absent for the game in Essex.
There was also no sign of both Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela, although that is perhaps understandable given the club don’t exactly want to be risking the duo with summer exits likely to come to fruition.
However, there was some good news for the coach with Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga included for the first time after picking up injuries at the end of last season, as well as Son Heung-min starting after his return to training.
Alli’s different role
Espirito Santo changed things about in his second match in charge as he opted for a different formation.
Having gone for 4-2-3-1 against Leyton Orient that became a 4-1-4-1 at times, he this time decided to try out 4-3-3.
This saw Spurs field a mouthwatering front three of Son, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn.
The attackers wreaked havoc on the hosts early on and they all combined for Son’s opener as the Dutchman unselfishly squared the ball for him to tap home.
With many expecting Dele Alli to operate in his favoured No.10 role, the 25-year-old instead started on the left of a midfield three including Harry Winks and Skipp.
Alli still got on the ball plenty of times and always pushed forward to join the attackers in a front four when they were in possession.
Looking bright during the encounter, he really should have added a goal midway inside the first half but he atoned for his miss by converting Son’s cross prior to the break.
Skipp’s outrageous pass
A key member of Norwich City’s promotion-winning team in 2020/21, Skipp has returned to Tottenham this summer looking to win a place in the first team.
Missing out at Leyton Orient with Espirito Santo clearly not risking him so soon after making his comeback from a metatarsal injury, the England U21 international was named in the team for the Colchester friendly.
Making his presence felt in the middle of the pitch, Skipp produced a ‘wow’ moment with 17 minutes on the clock as he picked out Bergwijn on the left flank.
Taking a touch on the halfway line, the ball bounced up kindly for the midfielder and he produced a sumptuous half-volley that landed straight on the Dutchman’s chest.
It was stunning play from the ace and it will have clearly gone down well with his head coach.
Young guns impress again
As was the case at the weekend, Espirito Santo fielded a blend of youth and experience in his side at the JobServe Community Stadium with a host of regulars still missing.
Maksim Paskotsi kept his place in the side at right-back and impressed again, notably coming to the attention with a lovely first-time pass to Son that culminated with Alli finding the back of the net.
Half-time then saw the arrival of Dane Scarlett and Nile John after both dropped down to the bench to begin with.
The former thought he had netted for the second match in succession as he swept home Lucas’ cross only for it to be ruled out for offside, with John seeing his low effort deflected around the past not long before his teammate netted.
Further changes were made midway through the second half as Spurs brought on seven more players to give everyone sufficient game time.
Troy Parrott was one of those to come on and he was extremely unlucky after he saw his effort blocked after a brilliant run through on goal as he caused his opponents big problems.
Tottenham’s young players are more than making a case to Espirito Santo at present and all will be hoping that continues at MK Dons next Wednesday.
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