A number of interesting subplots developed from the reveal, with the biggest talking point being the absence of Adebayor and Lennon on the list.
Both players are set to be moved on this summer, but Aston Villa’s proposed deal for the Togolese striker has hit the rocks, according to the Daily Mail.
The same report claims Villa are also in talks over a £5 million deal for Lennon, and the club’s failure to designate either player a number hints at a confidence that they will be moved on despite stumbling blocks.
Roberto Soldado - the third most likely player to leave the Lane by most accounts - has retained the number 9 shirt, suggesting Mauricio Pochettino’s comments about the Spaniard being in his plans had some credence after all.
Meanwhile, Spurs hero Harry Kane was awarded Adebayor’s old number 10 shirt - as recognition for how much he’s progressed over the last 18 months – and youngsters Josh Onomah and Harry Winks made the list, indicating how highly thought of they are at the club.
Twitter was awash with reaction to the announcement and below is a selected bunch:
Only Spurs could have a player on £100k a week and not even give him a squad number... #Adebayor— Craig Bishop (@CraigBish97) August 7, 2015
Spurs celebrating the tenth anniversary of the signing of San Siro goal hero Aaron Lennon by not giving him a squad number. Class, that.— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) August 7, 2015
Tottenham leaving number 7 unoccupied, Ronaldo is on his way lads.— max (@palmer_violets) August 7, 2015
Disgusting the way Spurs are treating Aaron Lennon.— Albert Reilly (@BertieReilly) August 7, 2015
Looks like yet another season of disappointment for us, keeping Soldado seems like a mend-and-make-do plan. 7th and no cup again. sigh.— matt rutland (@geekparagon) August 7, 2015
Soldado's been given a PL squad number. Say what you like about him, but I will continue to back him whilst he's still a Spurs player. #COYS— Connor Anderson (@C_Anderson1998) August 7, 2015
MASON TAKES NUMBER 8 AND BENTALEB TAKES NUMBER 6. Yes boys. Number 18 left free for Berahino...— Spurs Daily (@Spurs_Daily) August 7, 2015
Nice to see that Tottenham are still leaving their number 26 shirt unassigned - things like that are important.— Seb Stafford-Bloor (@SebSB) August 7, 2015
Harry Kane, prince of White Hart Lane, Tottenham number 10. Isn't it just beautiful— Matt Tate (@Mattt8_91) August 7, 2015