The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, February 7

Happy match day, everybody!

I forgot to mention yesterday that it was Tim Sherwood’s birthday! Anyway, today’s ramble awaits — and it’s football related.

Ramble of the Day

Yesterday, it was reported that Riyad Mahrez skipped yet another day of training. According to The Telegraph, he may not be back for the rest of the week, which would make it two weeks since the midfielder trained with Leicester City, assuming he went back to training after their match with Manchester City this weekend.

Now, to insert my opinion even though no one asked for it, I must admit that I feel a bit bad for Mahrez. I remember finding out that he had put in a transfer request last week and hoping Leicester would fulfill his desires. Of course, it did not help that he submitted his request only a day before the window closed, but I was hoping it would go through. I wondered, “Why was I so invested in Mahrez’s transfer?,” I wondered.

I then remembered the Mahrez transfer saga of the summer. The image of him sitting an airport on Deadline Day, desperate for word to get on a plan, and getting more and more stressed as he stares at his time at the top of his phone haunts me. It is such a sad image; he was so desperate to leave, he just sat in an airport, possibly one that had very little to keep him occupied before entering a terminal (like John F. Kennedy International Airport is, for example). He was so upset he did not get the move, he went off the grid for a few days. I cannot stop thinking about that Mahrez.

That being said, Leicester should absolutely try to get as much money as they can for a player they value highly. However, they now have an unhappy player on the books, angling for a price they probably will not get. Claude Puel, to his credit, said he will try to help Mahrez smile again, but this situation is just rather unfortunate.

I do wonder what he is up to with all of that free time, though.

tl;dr: I feel bad for Riyad Mahrez.

Links of the Day

ESPN’s Dan Kilpatrick has put out his top ten goals scored by Harry Kane after the striker scored his 100th Premier League goal. (I think I agree with the number one choice.)

Paul Heckingbottom has become the new Leeds manager only three days after signing a new contract at Barnsley.

David Squires has Riyad Mahrez on his mind, as well! His latest cartoon addresses the topic in a far more entertaining way than I did.

Today’s longer read: Borussia Dortmund’s Nuri Şahin on a variety of topics.