Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has some thinking to do ahead of this weekend’s game with Brighton.
Spurs are desperate to get back to winning ways again after three straight defeats.
The north Londoners lost in the Champions League to Internazionale.
Before that, they fell to Liverpool and Watford in the Premier League.
It’s a testing time for Pochettino, who went on the defensive in his press conference following the defeat at San Siro.
The Argentinian was unhappy at the ‘disrespect’ shown towards his team, which did not feature the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli or Kieran Trippier.
Alli to miss out against Brighton?
Midfielder Alli has returned to training following a hamstring issue.
The ex-MK Dons starlet missed the defeat to Liverpool as well as the Inter game, but is in contention to return ahead of the clash with the Seagulls.
He may have taken to the training pitch but he will be assessed further on Friday (as confirmed by Pochettino in his pre-match press conference via Sky Sports).
It’s probably unlikely he’d start due to a lack of match fitness but he could well make the bench.
The tactical change Pochettino should consider
Should Alli not be passed fit for the game, then Pochettino should consider starting Christian Eriksen as a number 10, with Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son as interchanging wingers.
Erik Lamela has done little to impress over the past couple of games, despite his late consolation against Liverpool, and should therefore be dropped to the bench.
Denmark international Eriksen is much more effective when he comes inside.
The playmaker cannot influence the game in the same way from a wide right position.
He doesn’t have the pace to blitz past a full-back.
He is much better using his technical skills in tight central areas and feeding through balls to Harry Kane.
Eriksen needs a big performance in the Premier League.
He may have scored in San Siro but the goal was fortuitous and he generally disappointed.