COMMENT by Alex Taylor
Moussa Sissoko should start ahead of Nathan N’Koudou on the right-hand side of Tottenham’s attack this season as Mauricio Pochettino looks to inject pace and power into his forward line.
The Argentine manager has previously lamented his team’s preference to receive the ball to feet instead of utilising their speed and power to get in behind an opponents defence.
Sissoko was the subject of a tug-of-war transfer battle between Everton and Totteham on deadline day, but Spurs won out after paying £30million for his services.
In Tottenham’s strongest possible starting X1, the move could see last season’s regular wide-man Erik Lamela and new boy N’Koudou relegated to the bench.
Former Newcastle man Sissoko could be the only Spurs signing to walk straight into the first-team at White Hart Lane.
Victor Wanyama is likely to be replaced by Moussa Dembele on his return from injury alongside stalwart Eric Dier at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.
Despite Pochettino’s search for direct forwards this summer, Chrsitian Eriksen seems likely to retain his starting place on the left-hand side after bagging eight goals and 16 assists last term.
Harry Kane will already be nervously looking over his shoulder at Vincent Janssen though after failing to convert in his opening three Premier League fixtures this season, but it would be an act of supreme ruthlessness from the Spurs boss to drop last season’s Golden Boot winner so early into this campaign.
White Hart Lane’s back four has required little to no tinkering this summer after finishing as the strongest defence in the Premier League last season, level with Manchester United after conceding just 35 goals.
Danny Rose and Kyle Walker will flank the central-defensive partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the core of the Spurs back-line.
They will protect Hugo Lloris between the sticks for the North Londoners. Lloris has been sidelined through injury in recent weeks and although Michel Vorm has shown good form since filling the void, Lloris will come straight back into the starting XI once fit.