Predicted Tottenham Lineup To Face Arsenal In The Premier League
After negotiating Newport County midweek to move into the 5th round of the FA Cup, Tottenham Hotspur turn their attention now to the big North London derby where they host Arsenal on tomorrow. The two North London juggernauts lock horns at Wembley this weekend, with the game sure to have top-four implications for both sides.
Tottenham, who earned a point in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday, sit 5th in the Premier League, just one point behind Chelsea in the race for the top four. Arsenal, meanwhile, smashed Everton 5-1 last weekend and sit 6th, four points behind us.
Mauricio Pochettino made wholesale changes against Newport, meaning he will have a fully fresh first-team for the weekend game.
Pochettino received a massive boost when Toby Alderweireld returned to the starting XI against Newport and played the entire 90 minutes. The likes of Danny Rose and Harry Winks played too, meaning Spurs have no injury concerns now.
New signing Lucas Moura is slowly adapting to the demands of the Premier League and our gaffer claimed the winger “could be in contention for Saturday.”
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Lloris got a much-needed break as Vorm played against Newport on Wednesday; so expect the former to come back into the starting XI on Saturday, totally energised.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Trippier is the first-choice right-back right now and is expected to start against the Gunners.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
The game against Newport provided a fine platform for Pochettino to ease Alderweireld into the first-team, and the Belgian looked good. Given that he completed the game unscathed, the centre-back could be in for the massive task of stopping Arsenal attackers on Saturday.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Vertonghen has been a pillar of strength for Spurs and he will line up alongside his Belgian compatriot, Alderweireld.
Ben Davies (LB)
Danny Rose played on Wednesday but he is expected to sit out against Arsenal as Ben Davies is the first choice for us.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
Wanyama gives us extra steel in the midfield. The Kenyan will be tasked with shielding the back-four, thereby breaking up Arsenal attacks.
Mousa Dembele (CM)
Eric Dier’s erratic performances lately could see him drop out of the starting line-up. Dembele could be the one to benefit from it on Saturday as Poch would hope for a belligerent and solid presence in the midfield.
Heung-min Son (LW)
There are no question marks over who will start on the left-wing. Son Heung-min has been brilliant for us this season and given the weight of the game, he’s a sure starter.
Dele Alli (CAM)
Alli will have the big task of linking up well with the midfielders and attackers. The 21-year-old has attracted unnecessary criticism in the last few weeks but let’s hope he comes good on Saturday.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Eriksen’s importance for Spurs is difficult to state as he is the one capable of making the team look more fluid and free-flow in the attack. A definite starter against Wenger’s boys.
Harry Kane (ST)
Having reached the landmark 100 goals in the Premier League, Kane’s confidence would be sky high at the moment. He has the ability to rip the Arsenal defence apart, single-handedly. Beware, Gunners!
Tottenham interested in signing 22-year-old Serie A ace as possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld
The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has eight Serie A appearances this season and has helped the side to fifth place in the table.
The report claims that Alderweireld has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. The Dane joined the Serie A side from FC Twente last season for a fee of €4million (h/t Calciomercato).
The report adds that Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old, and the Milan club has a history of signing players from Sampdoria.
Milan Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has become one of the best defenders in the league. The report further claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero wants at least €30million for the defender.
Tottenham have a problem with Alderweireld as the report claims his contract is up in 2019 and could leave for free if terms are not agreed on a new deal.
The Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and losing him would be a big blow. Spurs have a great partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld and we must look to keep the pair for as long as possible.
Andersen could be a decent option for Spurs should we sign him on the cheap. Tottenham have Davinson Sanchez as the other defender fighting for a starting spot in the heart of the defence currently and Andersen would be a good choice.
“No, of course not” – Young Tottenham star ready to play for England U21 despite featuring for senior side
Harry Winks is ready to play for the England U21 side and follow the footsteps of Harry Kane. The U21 side have qualified for the Euros and the midfielder was asked if he had any issues playing for the U21s.
The Englishman was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:
“No, of course not.
“The more games I play the better. I have missed a lot of football with my ankle injury and I’ve had a lot of problems with it still to this day.
“I have to manage it at times, but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level; under 21s, under 19s, under 18s, under 17s.
Kane played for the U21s in the 2015 European Championship despite playing for the senior side a couple of months earlier, as per the report.
The Tottenham midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-2 win over Spain and put up a good performance.
The 21-year-old had an injury-plagued 2017/18 season but seems to have put those concerns behind him in the current campaign.
Winks has a couple of Premier League starts to his name and should have a big role to play as we look to win silverware under Mauricio Pochettino. He is such a great talent and we’d benefit a lot if he fulfills his potential at Tottenham.
Tottenham interested in January move for £15m West Brom attacker
Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, according to the Sun (h/t Express). The Scot has a goal from two Carabao Cup appearances for the Baggies this season but hasn’t made a start in the Championship.
The report adds that Tottenham and Newcastle scouts watched the 21-year-old against Blackpool last week. The 21-year-old was a rising star for Nottingham Forest and joined RB Leipzig in the 2016/17 season.
Burke failed to make an impression for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League. The youngster failed to score a goal for the team, and the report adds that the player will not come on the cheap.
Tottenham did not sign a single player in the summer, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with the January transfer window.
Burke hasn’t been great in the past two years but working under Mauricio Pochettino could be the right move for the youngster.
Our manager has done extremely well with young talent at Tottenham such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane and it remains to be seen if he can work his magic again.
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