With the World Cup just 100 days away, it’s time to look ahead to the Tottenham players set to make an impact at this year’s tournament. With some big performances both at the club and international level during the past few seasons, Spurs supporters could be looking at many familiar faces in Brazil come this summer.
After arguably the best continuous performances of any goalkeeper in this year’s Premier League, Hugo Lloris is definitely someone to look out for in the tournament. The French captain narrowly earned a place in the competition after a risky encounter during the play-off round against Ukraine, and the summer surely wouldn’t have been the same without him.
The former Lyon man has produced many man-of-the-match performances this season, achieving 12 clean sheets for Spurs. With rumors of a summer transfer lurking, the Frenchman is surely going to be on his best form in Brazil.
Despite missing some games through injury, Kyle Walker has improved hugely for Tottenham and has undoubtedly secured a place as their permanent right-back for years to come. His selection in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup qualifier squad has been justified by his numerous fantastic performances for the Three Lions.
Playing behind teammate Andros Townsend in the qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley seemed to bring the very best from the former Sheffield United starlet. Walker hasn’t always been steady at the back but his attacking prowess has proved key to promoting exciting football for England; this is sure to excite the Samba animals among you ahead of this summer.
The Englishman has been one of the revelations of the season. Despite a long period out through injury, the former QPR loanee excited many a pundit earlier in the season, and Daniel Levy must have been rubbing his hands together in the knowledge that he had an exciting, youthful winger among the ranks, especially after the departure of Gareth Bale.
Townsend, although greedy, is an outstanding asset to have when going forward, and in front of his teammate Kyle Walker, England are surely not going to lack on the right side of the pitch come this summer. Townsend is a safe bet to feature on the plane to Brazil if he can recreate his marvellous form in time.
The Beast! With the Brazilian proving to be crucial to Tottenham’s defensive hole, Sandro is a definite asset to keep an eye on during the summer. Tottenham have missed the Brazilian sorely at times during the season, and playing alongside his countryman Paulinho has brought the best out of him when necessary.
His ability to make a challenge, turn around and produce an attacking chance is something that excited many White Hart Lane residents this campaign. His Samba skills are surely going to be featuring in the competition, let’s just hope he doesn’t break too many legs!
He was the mystery man that slipped his way onto the international stage, and upon speculation of a move to Tottenham, the former Corinthians man was slowly becoming a predominant feature of the national side.
Brazil seem to produce his best form; having said that, he is now a permanent presence in Tim Sherwood’s starting XI every week and links very well with the man in-form, Emmanuel Adebayor. Paulinho tackles very well and has captured several goals for Spurs this season. Watch out for this man in the summer, you won’t be sorry!
Written by Sean Cook