Here are five things Football.london spotted in footage and photos from Tottenham Hotspur’s training session ahead of this weekend’s Premier League derby against West Ham.
That Doherty shot
Don’t let Jose Mourinho in the foreground distract you from Matt Doherty’s moment of skill and excitement in the background during training.
Dele Alli was hugging the Irishman who decided to take a shot into the basketball hoop with his foot, while Mourinho was being interviewed by Sky Sports.
The ball looped perfectly up and swooshed through the net. His celebration started off quite mildly before Gareth Bale swung him around to notice the camera and Doherty celebrated with a thumbs up after pointing, while assistant manager Joao Sacramento also joined in the celebrations.
Spurs kept up the theme with some of them playing a basketball game organised by the coaches.
Happy Bale and Dele
The Welshman looks like he’s loving life back at Tottenham Hotspur.
Throughout all the footage and photos he’s got a big grin on his face and he’s shown still laughing with Doherty about that trick shot after Mourinho’s interview.
When the Irishman then shows that with his hands he’s not quite as good with a weak effort that falls short of the basketball hoop, Bale finds it hilarious and points towards the cameraman to check he got that as well.
Bale looks like a man back in a place where he knows he’s appreciated and wanted.
It’s not just him though, the whole group looks to be in high spirits and players like Sergio Reguilon have fitted right in.
That also applies to Alli who certainly looked to be enjoying work.
With the transfer window closed, the midfielder can now fully concentrate on the job at hand and get himself back in Mourinho’s starting line-up.
Harry Kane involved with some returning internationals
For anyone worried about the striker’s fitness after he didn’t start the first two England games, he was already back in training.
Having played 90 minutes for England the previous night, an hour of it within a 10-man team, Kane would have been unlikely to have taken part in full training but the fact that he was already with the group bodes well.
He was joined by fellow internationals Sergio Reguilon, Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Ben Davies.
Davinson Sanchez was there after having to travel back from Colombia’s match in Chile in the early hours of Wednesday morning UK time.
The internationals would likely have gone through recovery work while those who did not play on Tuesday or Wednesday would have gone through a full session.
Carlos Vinicius and the youngsters involved
The 25-year-old Brazilian has been training away all week and he was noticeable among the group as they went through their fitness drills.
Whether Vinicius gets into the matchday squad will be down to Mourinho but, if he’s fit enough, then as the only other striker in Tottenham’s squad he’s got a good chance.
There were also the younger first team players involved, with Jack Clarke, Dennis Cirkin and Harvey White all taking part, along with Cameron Carter-Vickers who is not expected to be at the club after tomorrow’s domestic transfer window deadline.
Those absent players and the injury worries
In the good news column, Steven Bergwijn took part despite withdrawing from the Netherlands’ squad at the start of the international break with an injury.
Harry Winks also played no part in England’s latter two squads, with some speculation of an injury, but was shown taking part in Spurs’ training session.
There were only six Tottenham first team players there were absent from the footage and photos.
Hugo Lloris was not spotted, along with Gedson Fernandes, while Danny Rose is not currently part of Mourinho’s squad.
There was also no sign of the three other players who withdrew from international duty in Giovani Lo Celso, Japhet Tanganga or Eric Dier.