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Three things learnt from Tottenham’s win over AC Milan: Chance for youngsters

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Three things learnt from Tottenham’s win over AC Milan: Chance for youngsters

Tottenham enjoyed their second International Champions Cup victory over Italian opposition as they saw off AC Milan on Monday night in the final fixture of their US tour.

The Lilywhites had Georges Nkoudou to thank for his rasping finish which left Antonio Donnarumma with no choice but to get a fingertip on the ball and send it into the roof of the net for the only goal of the game.

Here are three things we learnt from the game…

There could be Premier League starts for young players

With several key men enjoying prolonged breaks after the World Cup, injuries inflicting many of the remaining players and a lack of strength in depth, Tottenham could feature some young and little known talents in their line-up when the team play Newcastle in their opening Premier League fixture.

Only five of the starting eleven against the Italians would typically be classed as first team players and only Davinson Sanchez enjoyed regular game time last season.

 

Georges Nkoudou could revive his Tottenham career

A man of the match award and a second goal in two pre-season goals is just the kind of form that Georges Nkoudou needs to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino as he returns to north London.

After making only eight Premier League apperances for Burnley in the latter half of 2017/18, the Frenchman knows that he needs to show what he can do in competitive fixtures as he has in friendlies against Barcelona and AC Milan.

Lucas Moura will be fundamental in early 2018/19

Playing in an advanced role, Lucas Moura has acted as a second striker just behind Fernando Llorente. In that role he has looked at home and showed signs of the adaptation that fans had been waiting for as he had limited minutes after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in mid-season.

With the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane needing to build up fitness upon their return, Moura, with a full pre-season behind him, could be crucial as Spurs look for goals early on in the campaign.

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