Juventus 2-3 Tottenham - 5 Spurs players who impressed 

Tottenham Hotspur defeated Juventus 3-2 in the 2019 International Champions Cup
Tottenham Hotspur defeated Juventus 3-2 in the 2019 International Champions Cup

Tottenham would be looking to build on from their impressive end to last season where they finished as runners up in the Champions League.

A hallmark of the side in recent years has been their frugality, but it seems that the club is ready to take the next step, as they broke their record fee to sign French international Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.

Spurs kicked off their preseason campaign with a fixture against Juventus in the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

In what was a highly entertaining fixture with end-to-end action, both sides could not be separated, and the Lily Whites ran out 3-2 winners with Harry Kane scoring an exquisite winner from the halfway line deep into stoppage time.

Pochettino would be hoping his players can step up to the plate next season and as such, he would have been impressed with the performances of some of his wards.

These were the five most impressive Tottenham players in the match against Juventus.

#1 Troy Parrott

Parrott impressed
Parrott impressed

A lingering problem for Tottenham in recent years has been getting an effective backup to Harry Kane in front of goal.

The 26-year-old is as good as they come in finding the back of the net, but as recent seasons have shown, his fitness is becoming a cause for concern.

Multiple men have tried and failed, from Vincent Jansen to Fernando Llorente, but it seems like Tottenham had been looking far off when the solution to their problem had been at home all along.

Troy Parrott is a 17-year-old Tottenham-trained striker who had been blazing with the Under 23's.

The Irish youngster showed his class in the UEFA Youth League last season, with his goal against Barcelona drawing praise.

The coming season has been earmarked as his breakout campaign and he was handed a start against Juventus and despite his young age, Parrott was not out of place playing against old warheads like Bonucci and Buffon.

He was full of running, hassling the Juventus backline and also showed great awareness with the timing of his runs and positioning in the box.

In what was an almost complete striker's performance, the only thing missing on the day was a goal, but it was off his shot that Buffon parried for Lamela to score in the 30th minute.

He was substituted at halftime for the man he would be expecting to replace in the near future, but he made a telling impact in his 45 minutes on the field.

At 17, it might be too early to expect Parrott to step into Kane's boots, but on the evidence of his performance against Juventus, he would have a huge role to play in the coming season.

#2 Harry Winks

Harry Winks was exquisite for Tottenham through the middle
Harry Winks was exquisite for Tottenham through the middle

Tottenham were undeniably the better team in the first half of this contest, as they imposed their will on Juventus and a lot of that was down to the industriousness of Harry Winks in midfield.

Lining up alongside Oliver Skipp at the base of midfield, the 23-year-old was almost unplayable through the middle, distributing possession neatly, while also tracking back to help with defending.

Winks was exquisite for the entirety of the 63 minutes he spent on the field before being replaced by Jack Roles and played some delightful through balls, slicing the Juventus backline with ease and could have had a number of assists to his name but for wasteful finishing by his teammates.

With Christian Eriksen's future at Tottenham still up for debate, Winks could be set to play a starring role for Pochetino in the coming season.

#3 Eric Lamela

Lamela opened the scoring
Lamela opened the scoring

Lamela arrived Tottenham in 2013 after starring for Roma and while he might have shone on occasion, his White Hart Lane career has been hampered by injury.

The 27-year-old was handed a start against Juventus and he was everywhere, embarking on his trademark runs forward, with his skills and trickery proving too much for the Juventus backline and De Sciglio in particular.

He opened the scoring in the 30th minute off a Buffon parried shot and could have had more goals to his name but for some brilliant defending in the box.

At the start of the second half, the Argentine international was one of a few bright sparks for Tottenham as their Italian opponents rose to the ascendancy and was the progenitor of an exquisite cross into the box which Harry Kane should have buried right after Juventus equalized.

If Eric Lamela can remain fit, there is no doubt about his quality and his performance against Juventus served as a timely reminder of just how good he is.

#4 Tanguy Ndombele

Ndombele got an assist two minutes after making his debut
Ndombele got an assist two minutes after making his debut

After starring with Lyon for the last two seasons in the French league, Tanguy Ndombele emerged as one of the most sought-after midfielders in all of Europe.

Virtually every top side on the continent were reportedly interested in his services including Real Madrid and Manchester United, but ultimately it was Premier League side Tottenham who won the race for his signature, shelling out £61m to make him their most expensive player ever.

His unofficial debut was highly anticipated, but fans had to wait as the French international started the match on the bench, finally taking to the field after 63 minutes in place of Eric Lamela.

It took the 22-year-old just two minutes to make a mark on the game, as his first touch in a Spurs shirt was a delightful reverse pass which played Lucas Moura in for the Brazilian to finish with aplomb.

A few minutes later, he almost put Spurs ahead, as his curling shot from 25 yards out breezed just inches wide.

All in all, it was an impressive debut cameo for Ndombele and Tottenham fans would have been delighted by what they saw.

#5 Lucas Moura

Moura got an assist and a goal
Moura got an assist and a goal

Lucas Moura had an electric end to last season, as it was his stunning second-half hat-trick against Ajax which fired Tottenham into the Champions League final.

Despite that, the 26-year-old did not start the final and this was a decision he admitted hurt him very much.

This preseason offers an opportunity for the former PSG man to remind Pochettino of his qualities and he took the chance with aplomb.

Moura was a second-half introduction for Heung-Min Son and he leveled matters for Tottenham with a delightful finish after being played through by Ndombele.

Deep into stoppage time, it was his pass to Harry Kane from his own half that was audaciously scored by the Tottenham number 10 from the halfway line.

Lucas ended the game with a goal and assist and given the performance of both him and Eric Lamela, Mauricio Pochettino would have some headaches about his starting lineup next season.

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