How will Tottenham line-up against Everton this weekend?
Mauricio Pochettino has a lot of options before him as he plans for the 16/17 season. With multiple competitions on the calendar – including Spurs long-awaited return to the Champions League – he’ll need to craft his team sheets wisely as he balances a highly-competitive Premier League fixture list with the added pressures of European football and the FA Cup.
The good news for Pochettino is the additional depth of players that have been brought in via the transfer window, and the starlets arriving through Tottenham’s strong Academy. Newcomers like Vincent Janssen and Victor Waynama will be impactful, Wanyama in particular early on, as Tottenham plays their first four matches without Mousa Dembélé. Upon Dembélé’s return, we can expect a bit more of a rotation to keep the squad fresh, rested and fit.
The bad news for Pochettino is that the squad is still missing critical cover in certain positions, particularly in defensive midfield and at center-back. As the transfer window closes, look for Spurs to add another defensive midfielder, especially after the debacle surrounding Nicolas N’Koulou left Spurs a man short. Another attacking option to support Harry Kane and Janssen would be a good addition as well.
I expect that Spurs will line up in the favoured 4-2-3-1 formation to begin the season, but it would not surprise me in the least if Poch makes a tactical shift to the 4-4-2 with the tandem of Kane and Janssen playing up top together when an additional striker is needed on the pitch.
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