Sky Sports pundit: Questions will be asked after this stunning Tottenham decision
By Amir Mir
Sky Sports pundit Nigel Winterburn believes questions will be asked after Tottenham decided to schedule a friendly after the final game of the season.
The club confirmed on their official Twitter account that they will play Kitchee SC at the Hong Kong Stadium on May 26 – four days after their final match of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who could still be in the Premier League title race, will play relegation-threatened Hull City away from home.
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We'll play Kitchee SC at the Hong Kong Stadium on 26 May.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 8, 2017
The Sun reported that some of the Spurs players are stunned about the extra workload, with most of them due to take part in competitive international matches in June.
Former Arsenal man Winterburn made it clear what players think about playing friendly matches straight after the season has finished.
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“I think players hate friendly games after the end of the season,” Winterburn told the Premier League Daily Show on Sky Sports News.
“I think now in pre-season it is accepted that you have to travel around the world because it’s global the Premier League.
“At the end of the season, when you are thinking ‘it has been a long season’ – there will be one or two questions asked.”
Spurs have played in five different competitions this season such as the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup.
Attacking midfielder Dele Alli, barring injury, will most likely complete over 50 matches for the campaign, which has seen him win the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Over the course of the season, he has played 47 games in all competitions, scoring 21 goals for his side and supplying 11 assists.
Added to that, he is a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, who will play two matches in June.
At first, they will take on Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on June 10 before playing France in a pre-season friendly three days later.
In other Tottenham news, this Sky Sports pundit had admitted that he wishes West Ham were like Spurs.