By Harvey Byrne
Vincent Janssen should be axed from the Tottenham line-up that faces Manchester City on Sunday after scoring just one goal in his opening nine fixtures for the club.
The north London side host Pep Guardiola’s team at White Hart Lane on Sunday in a meeting which sees first play against second.
Star trio Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko are all in the injury room, restricting Mauricio Pochettino’s options, but the Argentine boss will still have a strong squad to select from.
The in-form Son Heung-min should move into the striker role instead of Janssen given the South Korea’s current form in front of goal, bagging all three of Spurs’ goals in their last two fixtures.
That would then allow Argentina international Erik Lamela to come back into the side, who has netted two goals and provided six assists in his nine appearances in the new campaign.
Tottenham are currently unbeaten this season, but Manchester City will provide their biggest test so far, meaning that Pochettino needs all eleven players on the pitch firing, which Janssen currently isn’t doing at the moment.
Danny Rose has returned to training from an injury sustained with England ahead of the fixture and he should fall straight back into an impressive Tottenham back four.
The midfield duo of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier will provide a suitable shield to Pochettino’s defence and should help to nullify the attacking threats of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.
This will then allow the attacking trio of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lamela with the licence to attack without worrying too much about defensive duties.
Manchester City’s defence has also proven to be shaky this season, alongside new goalkeeper signing Claudio Bravo and Son’s work rate alongside his pace could strike fear into the City back line, presenting the South Korea international with some opportunities.
Tottenham are four points behind City, meaning that they would be unable to catch them with a victory, but it will be a huge step towards them competing for the Premier League title.
In other Tottenham team news, Pep Guardiola is set to recall John Stones to the Manchester City starting XI when they face Spurs.