By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham are closing in on their third summer signing after reportedly agreeing an £11million fee for Marseille youngster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou.
This has prompted speculation on where the young attacking midfielder will fit in to the squad as he rivals the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli for a starting role.
With defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and striker Vincent Janssen also brought into the squad this summer, there could be a completely different look to the Spurs line-up next season.
A number of regulars in recent seasons are suddenly vulnerable, including star men Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Eriksen, who all featured heavily last season as Tottenham achieved a place in next year’s Champions League.
So, who will start and who will miss out when Pochettino has his full roster of players to choose from next season?
Captain Hugo Lloris and centre-back pairing Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are sure to keep their place in the first-team next season, but everywhere else on the pitch has multiple players competing for their position.
At Football Insider, we have picked the team we think is the best possible starting XI at White Hart Lane next season.
Wanyama and Janssen are expected to come straight into the side and, if Spurs do capture N’Koudou, it is assumed that he will rotate with Eriksen, Alli and Erik Lamela in the attacking midfield roles.
Dembele’s position is suddenly under threat and Pochettino may see Wanyama and Eric Dier as the future of Spurs’ central midfield.
The Argentine manager may also face the same problem as Roy Hodgson did this summer, as he tries to play Harry Kane with another striker up front, rather than the formation which has seen Kane lead the line on his own before Janssen joined the club.
However, it is expected that N’Koudou will not go straight into the starting 11 and will be used sparingly to gain experience while star men Alli and Eriksen start with Lamela as back-up.
It is also believed that Kane may have to fall back into a withdrawn striker position to accommodate the £18million striker, while sticking to Pochettino’s favoured formation.
After impressive displays in certain matches at the European Championships Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are also expected to maintain their place as the club’s full-backs ahead of Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier respectively.
Although, the squad will be sure to change throughout the year, as the Spurs team will look to compete in the Premier League and improve on their third place finish while remaining competitive in the Champions League.