By Abigail Withey
Tottenham fans have made a bold transfer prediction after the north London club confirmed their 2017/18 squad numbers.
Spurs released their squad numbers for the upcoming season on their official Twitter account on Friday with a video of the Tottenham players.
The video clearly showed that the number eight jersey was still out of use, with Dele Alli keeping his number 20 shirt and Harry Winks failing to grab a more noteworthy number.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 10, 2017
With the number eight up for grabs, Spurs supporters instantly jumped to predict that the club had saved the shirt for the potential arrival of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and expressed their thoughts of social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
#8 quite obviously being reserved for a certain @RBarkley20 pretty sure Alli would've liked it
— Jordan Kilbey (@JordanKilbey) August 10, 2017
Ross Barkley squad number 8 kept Free?
— Nick.T🏴🇬🇧🇮🇱 (@NickThod) August 10, 2017
Here's hoping that 8 is being saved for Barkley
— Spurfect (@Spurfection7) August 10, 2017
Left 8 free for Barkley
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) August 10, 2017
BARKLEY TO FILL NO. 8
— Jack Hare (@JackH_THFC) August 10, 2017
I didn't see #8 ROSS BARKLEY?
— ST (@Sam_Teez) August 10, 2017
Imagine the scenes if it said "Ross Barkley" "8"
— LillyWhiteLucas (@LillyWhiteLucas) August 10, 2017
Speculation around Barkley’s future with Everton has been spoken about over the summer as the 23-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract and is yet to extend his deal at Goodison Park.
The playmaker moved through the ranks at the Everton academy before moving up to the senior squad in 2011, where he has since made 179 appearances for the club across all competitions, netted 27 goals and provided 28 assists.
Tottenham are yet to make a single signing during the transfer window, which has sparked worry among fans with a number of players injured in addition to an exit from Kyle Walk, who recently moved to Manchester City.