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Doherty joins, Europa draw revealed and more

Happy Monday to everyone, especially Matt Doherty.

Well folks, the build-up to the new season is well underway and the lads are looking in good shape on and off the pitch.

Plenty to sink our teeth into. Shall we get stuck in?

WELCOME DOHERTY

What’s that? Spurs acting shrewdly and swiftly in the transfer market? I’ve officially seen it all in 2020.

That’s right, Jose Mourinho welcomed yet another new face to the ranks this week as Spurs signed 28-year-old right-back Matt Doherty from Wolves.

The Irishman is second only to Trent Alexander-Arnold for attacking output from right-back in the Premier League over the last two seasons, and signing him in a deal worth around £15million is incredible business from Daniel Levy.

Mourinho was understood to be desperate to pull off the ambitious move to prise him from Wolves, a club he’s been at for over 10 years. With another homegrown name ticked off the list in a key position, I’m delighted Doherty is now ours.

Doherty joined Spurs after 10 years at Wolves

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Doherty joined Spurs after 10 years at Wolves

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW

Spurs found out their immediate future in Europe this week, as the draw for both stages of initial Europa League qualifying were announced.

The lads will first travel to Bulgaria to face Lokomotiv Plovdiv, before then facing Romanian side Botoşani or Macedonian outfit Shkëndija away if they win that tie.

The latter one-legged tie will take place on September 24th between the league matches against Southampton and Newcastle, and it really couldn’t be more inconvenient for Spurs if they tried so far.

Just checking everyone still wanted Europa over no Europe at all? Cool.

ALL OR NOTHING

As you will have seen across social media, the first three episodes of Amazon Prime Video’s series ‘All Or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ was launched on Monday.

The series, which goes behind-the-scenes at the club over the turbulent 2019/20 season, gives fans real insight into the inner workings of the team, particularly the early months under Jose Mourinho.

I reviewed the first three episodes for our friends at talkSPORT. You can read it here.

Mourinho watches on during pre-season

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Mourinho watches on during pre-season

FRIENDLY ROUND-UP

Three games, three wins so far for Mourinho and the boys in pre-season.

Tottenham followed up their 3-0 win over Ipswich Town with back-to-back 4-1 and 1-0 victories over Reading and Birmingham respectively.

I’ll be honest, I’ve not been blown away by what I’ve seen so far. But that being said, we’ve still not had our best XI available for a game with both Harry Kane’s absence and Doherty’s signing this week making things difficult for the manager.

Next up, it’s a trip to Watford on Saturday for our final friendly before the season starts!

MINI LEAGUE MADNESS

We’re back! The brand new Dream Team 2020/21 fantasy game is here and that means the return of the Totally Tottenham mini league too!

Our league is already looking healthy with 62 participants so far.

To join the Totally Tottenham mini league, you can make your team here, then head to the league hub and enter PIN: SGJLEHFF to join!

Best of luck to everyone!

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