By Dominic Toner
Vincent Janssen should be axed from the starting line up that faces CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
Tottenham travel to the Russian champions in the Champions League and manager Mauricio Pochettino should make two changes from the side that beat Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Wide men Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou should come into the team for Janssen and the injured Moussa Sissoko.
In-form attacker Heung-Min Son would be the best option to lead the line, something he did for Spurs in their Europa League campaign last season.
CSKA represent Spurs’ most difficult fixture in the group and they may be forced to hit them on the break with pace.
Son, 24, has scored four goals in as many appearances this season and will be more suited for the CSKA game than target man Janssen.
Spurs have been dealt a huge blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie as five senior players have been ruled out through injury.
Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Harry Kane and Sissoko have not travelled with the squad to Moscow.
Spurs should retain the same defensive set-up as the team that beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the Premier League, with Ben Davies continuing at left-back ahead of the injured Rose.
The midfield trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama are the best available options to start the game, with the latter providing the defensive cover.
Janssen has made a steady start to his White Hart Lane career, netting his first goal against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, but could struggle against CSKA.
The pace of Son, Lamela and N’Koudou would allow Spurs a better opportunity to threaten their opponents if they see less of the ball.
N’Koudou, 21, has only made two appearances since his summer arrival but his presence could cause a real danger to CSKA.
Son has threatened this season from the left hand side but has shown a real eye for goal.
Spurs lost their opening European game 2-1 to Monaco at Wembley and will be desperate to gain their first points of the group.
In other Tottenham team news, Alderweireld has delivered a critical verdict following the win against Middlesbrough.