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Tottenham could have a new version of Mauricio Pochettino combination – TBR View

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Tottenham could have a new version of Mauricio Pochettino combination – TBR View

Tottenham fans previously enjoyed a brilliant spell with Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their manager for over five years, albeit they just fell short of winning any silverware during that time.

They had a squad of players that were in the Premier League title race during the 2015/16 campaign, plus they reached the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season only to lose to English rivals Liverpool.

Pochettino’s side were full of top-class talents all over the pitch, but in particular the midfield engine quite often proved to be the crucial factor in why they were dominant over so many teams.

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Spurs were arguably at their best during Pochettino’s opening years with a midfield axis of Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, plus creative playmaker Christian Eriksen sat just in front of them in the number 10 pocket.

Dier, who now looks preferred at centre-back under current manager Jose Mourinho, worked as an enforcer in front of the defence breaking up play and starting attacks.

Meanwhile, Dembele was an all-action powerhouse that played a box-to-box role with his strength, and Eriksen gave an attacking spark to the XI from midfield areas.

 

It looks like Mourinho could now have a new version of that combination in the current Spurs squad, which would only be good news for them.

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The north London club have confirmed this summer the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, who has joined as someone that can add some extra steel in the centre of the park and should inject some leadership to the squad too.

Hojbjerg, 25, has shown in the Premier League he’s a midfield enforcer that could fill the role of Dier in a protecting role.

Tanguy Ndombele has not made the desired impact during his first year in English football, but shouldn’t be written off yet and needs to click the restart button this summer.

The 23-year-old has all the attributes to try emulate Dembele, who now plays his football in China, as the real presence in the centre and it’s a big season for him coming up.

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With Eriksen now at Inter Milan, 24-year-old Giovani Lo Celso looks like he’s stepped into his shoes as the attacking spark and he tries to link up play with a potent forward line.

Spurs could possibly have a real balanced midfield in the maxing if they use Hojbjerg, Ndombele and Lo Celso together, but it’s into them to nail down a spot under Mourinho.

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