By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham released their official 2016-17 squad number list on Friday afternoon and there were some notable changes, demotions and even a new name on Dele Alli’s shirt.
Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin were given further proof that they are surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.
USA international Yedlin spent last season on-loan at Sunderland but he was handed the Spurs number 12 shirt at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.
However, he has now been handed the number 32 shirt with the player having no ties to the number after wearing the number 24 at Sunderland and number 17 at former club Seattle Sounders, prompting speculation that the full-back could be heading for the Spurs exit door.
Meanwhile Algeria international Bentaleb, who wore the number six shirt last season, has reverted back to his number 42 shirt after a less than impressive season in north London.
The defensive midfielder played in just 11 encounters in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side last season and Football Insider revealed that the Argentine was prepared to listen to offers for Bentaleb alongside Nacer Chadli, Clinton N’Jie, Tom Carroll and Michael Vorm.
However, N’Jie, Chadli, Carroll and Vorm have all retained their squad numbers from last season with the most notable being N’Jie keeping the number 14 shirt.
Outcast N’Jie struggled in his first season at White Hart Lane after joining from Lyon last summer and has been the subject of negotiations about a swap deal with Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
Another notable difference from last season will be Dele Alli going into next season with a different name on his back due to personal reasons.
“I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname,” said the Tottenham star, quoted by the club’s Twitter page.
Meanwhile new, signing Vincent Janssen has taken over the number nine shirt from former striker Roberto Soldado, while Victor Wanyama took over the number 12 shirt from DeAndre Yedlin.
A number of youngsters have been handed squad numbers, which includes Joshua Onomah, Harry Winks and Marcus Edwards handed the number 25, 29 and 48 shirts respectively.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino has explained that he told his players in a pre-season meeting that he wanted to “kill them”.