By Matt Farr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make two changes to his side for their Premier League clash with Southampton on Wednesday.
Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld is back in contention after missing the recent victory over Burnley with a back injury, and he is expected to replace Eric Dier at the back.
Dier has been out of sorts this season, and has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side following the arrival of Victor Wanyama from Southampton.
South Korea forward Son Heung-Min is the other notable change, with youngster Harry Winks expected to drop out, allowing Son to take his place in an attacking-midfield trio. Erik Lamela remains injured.
Unsurprisingly, Hugo Lloris will start in goal for Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino’s side rely heavily on Lloris being at his best, and both his unwavering consistency and faultless ability have been important attributes yet again this season.
Full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have also been in sensational form for Tottenham this season, and are expected to feature. Jan Vertonghen is expected to partner the returning Alderweireld at the back.
Spurs have conceded just 12 goals in the league this season, a record bettered only by league leaders Chelsea.
Victor Wanyama is in line to return to his former club as one of Tottenham’s two central-midfielders. The 25-year-old has established himself as a first-team regular at White Hart Lane, and has yet to miss a league game this season.
Eric Dier could be considered to take up position alongside Wanyama in the midfield – the man who he lost his place to – but Pochettino is expected to name Mousa Dembele instead.
Dembele started in the victory over Burnley, but a brief injury scare saw him withdrawn in the 63rd minute. However, he has been declared fit for the clash with Southampton and could retain his place in the starting line-up.
Harry Winks, meanwhile, is withdrawn to give Pochettino’s side a little more experience against a Southampton side that can be very tricky customers.
Creative attacking-duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are expected to join Son Heung-Min in a three-man attacking-midfield unit, and the duo have contributed 12 goals and assists between them this season.
Many of Tottenham’s hopes and ambitions for the season rest on the shoulders of the pair, who have proven so crucial to Pochettino, and if they perform on Wednesday, Southampton could be in real trouble.
Lastly, Harry Kane is expected to take up his usual role leading the Spurs attack. The England striker has nine goals from 15 games in all competitions this season, but has hit the ground running after missing part of the season with injury. Kane hasn’t scored in his last three Premier league games however, and will be hoping to change that against Southampton.
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