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Andros Townsend fit for Tottenham opener

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Andros Townsend is back for Tottenham after successfully recovering from an ankle injury, according to the Express

The 23-year-old missed out on England’s World Cup campaign in Brazil and perhaps could have changed the fortunes of Roy Hodgson who endured a miserable time in South America.

Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon are also fit and raring to go, so Townsend will be battling for a place against local rivals West Ham - a tasty looking opening Premier League fixture.

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Spurs are another team suffering from players on a World Cup hangover and will be without Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho for their Premier League curtain-raiser at White Hart Lane.

Those four players, especially the Belgians, were frequently used by previous bosses Tim Sherwood and Andre Villas Boas during their stints in charge last season and are likely to be key players for the new man at helm, Mauricio Pochettino.

New signings Micheal Vorm, Ben Davies and Eric Dier are all fit and could feature. The two men previously of Swansea City - Davies on a five-year-deal, Vorm on a four - are decent acquisitions and all will be big losses for the Swans.

Argentina fever

Daniel Levy is not notoriously known for giving his managers a chance. Since 2001, the Tottenham chairman has had ten different head coaches in charge sacking a high proportion of those.

Whether Pochettino will be given time to mould his style is up for debate but there is a strong feeling that he will need to get results. His first league fixture this weekend will be one of those times.

Erik Lamela was a general disappointment last term but maybe his national compatriot can get the best out of him. 

Tottenham provisional squad

Lloris, Vorm, Walker, Naughton, Rose, Davies, Dawson, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dier, Kaboul, Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Carroll, Bentaleb, Holtby, Eriksen, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Lamela, Soldado, Adebayor, Kane.

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