Rookie duo given shock call-ups to Tottenham team for clash against Leicester - Insider
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have called up rookie pair Filip Lesniak and Samuel Shashoua into their squad for their Premier League clash against Leicester on Thursday night, according to a club insider.
The unofficial Tottenham academy account reported on Twitter on Thursday morning that midfield anchorman Lesniak and attacking midfielder Shashoua have been promoted into the matchday squad for the trip to the King Power Stadium.
The account claimed it had learned from its sources that Slovakian Lesniak, 21, and Chelsea-born Shashoua, 18, will be named in Mauricio Pochettino’s 18.
I’m told Filip Lesniak & Sam Shashoua are in the squad for today’s game.
— Tottenham Academy (@thfcacademy) May 18, 2017
Neither of the youngsters have played for Tottenham’s senior team or even been named in the first-team squad before.
Lesniak spent the first half of the season on loan at Slovan Liberec before returning in January to be a regular for Tottenham’s development team in Premier League 2.
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The reported fast-tracking of the pair comes at a time when Pochettino has been deprived of a number of senior players due to injury for Thursday’s encounter.
Spurs announced on their official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that right-back pair Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier both miss the trip to Leicester.
Trippier is absent with the concussion he sustained in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Manchester United, while Walker has an ankle injury.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 17, 2017
Tottenham announced last week that Kyle Walker-Peters, 20, who is the club’s third right-back specialist and has trained regularly with the first-team squad this season, and Josh Onomah will not be available for selection again this season after being called up to the England squad for the Under-20 World Cup.
In addition, Spurs posted a statement on Tuesday that first-choice left-back Danny Rose has undergone knee surgery and will be sidelined until next season.
INJURY UPDATE: We can confirm that Danny Rose has undergone exploratory surgery on his left knee today. pic.twitter.com/SKZRff12aR
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 16, 2017
Pochettino is likely to use one of his centre-backs Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld at right-back against Leicester, as both have considerable experience of playing in that position.
The academy account has a growing reputation as a reliable source of Spurs news, and has broken a number of stories about youth-team players and coaches at the club, including the revelation last summer that Edwards had committed to a new White Hart Lane deal and in January that centre-back Anton Walkes had agreed a transfer to the MLS.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have opened shock talks to sign a Barcelona icon who has had a storming season.