Tottenham Hotspur return to action this weekend as they travel to face Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Rejoice! The international break is over and we’re finally back to league action, with Spurs no doubt hoping to pile on the misery for Steve Bruce and Newcastle.
Jose Mourinho put his players through their paces in training on Thursday, and youngster Marcel Lavinier was given a chance to shine with the seniors.
Signed from Chelsea on a free transfer over the summer, right back Lavinier made his senior debut against Wolfsberger earlier this year, and has shown some promise in Tottenham’s Under-23’s.
Lavinier has bagged two goals in 17 Premier League 2 games, and Mourinho seems to be quite a fan of the young full back, who has also played on the left side of defence.
That’s particularly interesting because Spurs are without both Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies against Newcastle, meaning somebody needs to fill in at left back.
Japhet Tanganga will be the favourite if he’s ready to play after England Under-21 duty, but Lavinier may well have a chance at a Premier League debut this weekend.
On Thursday night, Lavinier took to Instagram to show off a photo of him challenging winger Steven Bergwijn in training, joking that his tackle was never a foul.
Lavinier will hope to have done enough to be included against Newcastle, and it almost seems more likely that we’ll see him than Bergwijn against the Magpies.