With Tottenham heading to the capital of Scotland with more walking wounded than a scene from Braveheart, one player’s ill-fortune is another’s chance.
Tottenham have five first team central midfielder’s out, with Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios, Luka Modric and Sandro all falling foul to the rigours of the summer break! How you get so many casualties in pre-season is anyone’s guess…
Whether it’s Harry’s old school method of coaching, the weary limbs of our delicate maestros, or just good old fashioned bad luck, it is a worry and a problem for someone else to investigate.
My glass is always half-full, so instead of worrying how we’re going to cope without our first choice, but fragile midfielders, I’m thinking this could be an opportunity to unearth an hidden gem.
Jake Livermore, due to an unfortunate sequence of events, is the last midfielder standing. With only one first team appearance to his name and less than fruitful loans to Milton Keynes, Leeds Utd, Peterborough, Ipswich
Town and Derby, he is going to be given a chance against the Edinburgh club.
He came to prominence after scoring against Barcelona in a friendly at Wembley a couple of pre-season’s ago.When he was asked in the post match interview: “How does it feel like scoring against the best club in the world?”, he replied: “The best team in the world? I play for them.”
After that statement, most Tottenham fans hoped the Enfield born youngster would burst into the first team and carry us to glory.
With injury slowing his progress down, he finally has his chance to stake his claim and unwittingly he’s representing his fellow youth players. If he shines today he is opening the door for the likes of Andros Townsend, Jon Bostock, and Dean Parrett and Harry Kane to be given a chance on the big stage.
If he doesn’t perform, you might as well lock the door and hide the key on the Tottenham production belt.