Tottenham Hotspur face an enormous test in just their second Premier League outing of the season on Saturday evening as they take on champions Manchester City – and Spurs fans want a change in the defence.
Against Aston Villa, Toby Alderweireld started alongside 23-year-old Davinson Sanchez with Juan Foyth injured. Jan Vertonghen was left out of the side, with reports coming out about his absence since the game.
The Daily Mail claimed in the week that the 32-year-old was ‘fuming’ after his exclusion from the side, and that many of the Spurs players were surprised he even stayed to watch the game at the club’s new stadium.
Spurs went on to win 3-1, but they conceded early on as Colombia international Sanchez failed to deal with the strength of Aston Villa’s new striker Wesley Moraes. Tanguy Ndombele and a brace from Harry Kane saved the day.
Spurs fans are big admirers of Vertonghen, who is now in his eighth season at the club. In that time, he has clocked up an enormous 285 appearances in all competitions – but he has entered the final 12 months of his contract.
Tottenham fans have urged Mauricio Pochettino to bring Vertonghen back into the starting eleven against Manchester City on Saturday, and partner fellow countryman Alderweireld at the back.
Alderweireld & Vertonghen start for me tomorrow. To pick anyone else would be daft. Even though I believe Sanchez will be great for us at some point, but experience is needed.
— Zeus (@superspurs34) August 16, 2019
My team for city –
KWP, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose
Lucas, eriksen, Lo celso
Gazza, Dier, Sanchez, lamela, winks, aurier, Parrot
— George (@georgebutcher97) August 16, 2019
If Vertonghen doesn’t start tomorrow, I will be worried – both about the game and his future.
— SpursLogic (@ItsSpursLogic) August 16, 2019
Line up prediction for Saturday.
Walker-Peters Alderweireld Vertonghen Rose
Lamela Eriksen Lucas
Personally think he will go with width over strength of midfield, but wouldn’t be surprised to see Sissoko start over Lamela. Lo Celso to come on, also
— SamTHFC (@Pinky4367) August 16, 2019
— Al (@spursal_) August 15, 2019
If we want to get any points at the Etihad, then Eriksen and Vertonghen both HAVE to start. Otherwise it could be a long day.
— Haaris (@HaarisCOYS) August 12, 2019