Tottenham have struggled for form in recent times and a good opportunity awaits them at Craven Cottage to turn things in their favour, as they travel within the city, to face Fulham in the 5th round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Spurs have won just 2 of their last 6 games in all competitions and suffered a shock defeat against KAA Gent in the 1st leg of the Europa League round of 32. Pochettino was confident in his pre-match press conference and has hinted that he will give his fringe players a chance to shine.
It appears that the Argentine will not take a chance with Harry Kane’s fitness as the striker has a late test ahead of the game after he suffered a knee injury against Gent on Thursday night.
Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen have late fitness tests but will train before the boss takes a final call on their involvement in the game.
Danny Rose (knee) and Erik Lamela (hip) will both remain out for the tie.
With Pochettino hinting at squad rotation, a few surprise inclusions can be expected when Tottenham take the field on Sunday afternoon. Here is a prediction of which players may get a nod from the Spurs manager for the 5th round of the football’s oldest cup competition.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
Lloris is virtually irremovable from the Tottenham line-up and the captain is very important for the club on and off the pitch. A no brainer to include the French shot-stopper.
Right Fullback – Kieran Trippier
This might be a good chance for Pochettino to give Walker a breather after a heavy game on Thursday night. Trippier might get a start and it would be a chance wasted if he doesn’t perform well.
Right Centre Half – Eric Dier
Eric Dier has been present in the defence ever since Vertonghen’s injury and is expected to keep his place in the team on Sunday as well.
Left Centre Half – Toby Alderweireld
The Belgian defender has been a rock at the back for Tottenham and is highly essential for Spurs to keep things tight at the back. He is almost a certain starter.
Left Fullback – Ben Davies
Though Davies has struggled in recent games, he is expected to start against Fulham, given that Danny Rose is still injured. It’ll be interesting to see if he can repay his manager’s faith in him.
Central Midfield – Harry Winks
Wanyama deserves a much-needed rest with Harry Winks taking up his position in the middle. The youngster has had some decent games in recent times and would be hoping to impress the boss once again.
Central Midfield – Moussa Dembele
Moussa was one of the brightest players for Tottenham against Gent when he came on as a substitute. The Belgian should start this game.
Right Wing – Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen did not start on Thursday night and Moussa Sissoko was given an opportunity. However, with the Frenchman not really making an impact for Tottenham, it is possible that Pochettino may restore Eriksen to the starting line-up.
Left Wing – Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min might get a start as well as it can be expected that the Tottenham boss might go for a 4-2-3-1 formation which has clicked for him on most occasions.
Attacking Midfield – Dele Alli
Dele Alli has been magical for Spurs this season and has been a real contributor for his team. He is vital in their build-up play and is almost certain to start on Sunday as well.
Striker – Vincent Janssen
With Harry Kane having a late fitness test on Saturday, the Dutch summer signing might get a chance to impress his boss on Sunday. Confidence seems to be the key as Janssen looks to regain his scoring touch.
Tottenham interested in £44m January move for Barcelona starlet
Malcom joined Barcelona at the start of the season but has featured just twice for the Catalan giants. He has played 25 minutes for the Blaugrana this season, with the Brazilian being unable to break into a playing XI featuring the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho.
The winger had a sensational season in the Ligue 1 before moving to the La Liga, scoring 12 goals and providing 7 assists in 35 league appearances. He is surely a quality player whose potential is not being utilized in Spain.
Considering the quality in our squad and also the 21-year-old Barca winger’s talent, it could be a perfect match. Malcom would add some incredible depth to our squad and Pochettino must make a move in January.
Though £44m seems steep, it could be a gamble worth taking as the young star has all the tools required to take the Premier League by storm with more game time.
Whether or not Barcelona would let go of a player they signed just a few months back remains to be seen but this is a move we must make to bolster our attacking reinforcements in January.
After the quiet summer window, a statement signing in January would go a long way in conveying a message to our rivals.
[Video] This latest aerial video of Tottenham’s $1bn new stadium is absolutely wonderful
YouTuber Mr AV (h/t Football.London) has posted a new high-definition video of our club’s stunning new $1bn stadium. The footage provides us with a clear picture of how much work has been done in terms of the construction.
The video also showed the soon-to-be-opened club megastore and the Tottenham Museum. The aerial footage of the new stadium was wonderful as it also showed the overall structure of the stadium and the single-tier 17,500-seater south stand. The video also shows the area where the giant golden cockerel will sit above that stand.
It is not known as to when the stadium would be available for use but it looks like the construction is progressing at a reasonable rate.
It was indeed a disappointment when it was decided by the club hierarchy that we would be playing our home games at Wembley this season but that would all change when the stadium is unveiled officially. The construction has taken quite a bit of time and it will be an exciting phase when the work is completed.
The new stadium would surely serve as a boost to the entire club and it would wipe out any negativity surrounding Tottenham. The club too have been keeping us updated on the progress regarding the stadium and we’ll have to wait to see what the club say next regarding the completion of the stadium work.
“Shushing the racists, hands down”: Some Tottenham fans relive the memories as club shares a video of wonder goals against West Ham
Tottenham are set to face West Ham on Saturday and the club shared a video featuring some of the best goals we have scored against the Hammers in the past.
The video featured some memorable and stunning strikes from the likes of Gareth Bale, Son Heung-min, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov.
Tottenham’s past 8 meetings with West Ham has seen 28 goals being scored, at an average of 3.5 per game, hence, it is logical that the club has shared a video of some great goals from the past. The game on Saturday presents us with a chance to keep the pressure on the teams above us and we shouldn’t drop points.
The video was a trip down the memory lane and the fans had a say on it. The Tottenham faithful reacted to the video on Twitter and a lot of them had some nice things to say.
Defoe’s run through their entire team is my fav
— JaiP (@JaiP72) October 19, 2018
The first Bale one I think.
But there’s a message in this video – shots from outside the box (in some cases WAY outside) seem like a good way to beat West Ham.
— Stephen Grist (@Sjgrist) October 19, 2018
— MarcoPolo (@marcusssbatt) October 19, 2018
Sonny’s screamer shushing the racists, hands down.
— YoojinJung (@3POR2D2) October 19, 2018
Does anyone else completely lose interest when you hear that awful commentator for the Spurs videos 🙄🙄
— Jurts__COYS94 (@THFC_COYS94) October 19, 2018
All of them COYS
— Wally (@thfcwally) October 19, 2018
ARTICLES6 days ago
“It hurt my pride to miss” – Tottenham star refuses to take penalties after latest miss
ARTICLES3 weeks ago
(Images) Tottenham’s new £800m stadium future proofed with safe standing seats
ARTICLES6 days ago
Tottenham star “devastated” after sustaining long-term injury
ARTICLES3 weeks ago
Mauricio Pochettino reveals two more players picked up injuries against Huddersfield