Shaq Coulthirst has not travelled with the Tottenham squad to Germany for their final pre-season fixtures.
Promising striker Shaq Coulthirst has been left out of Tottenham's travelling squad to Germany for the upcoming Audi Cup.
The 21-year-old featured on the club's trip to America, and even played in the 2-1 loss to MLS All Stars.
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It would appear he has not done enough to persuade head coach Mauricio Pochettino he should continue with the first team squad.
That is of course not fully established; Coulthirst could have an injury, but nothing has been stated either way.
It remains however a disappointment that the striker will not have a great opportunity to make an impression in the upcoming glamour friendly against Real Madrid.
Coulthirst's absence is notable due to the lack of alternatives in Tottenham's squad.
With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor also excluded, Spurs have travelled with only one recognised striker in Harry Kane.
With the Premier League opener upcoming against Manchester United days later, it would be ideal for Spurs to rest their prolific striker.
They do not have the options in terms of personnel to be able to do that, and Coulthirst's omission, if selection based, is far from ideal, and either way highlights their shortcomings in the transfer market this summer.