By Alex Taylor
Tottenham are likely to go with their tried and trusted formation for their mouthwatering showdown against newly-rich Everton on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side could start with their first-choice back four after Jan Vertonghen was confirmed fit to play by his manager on Thursday evening.
The Belgium centre-half is likely to be joined by Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker, in front of the solid Hugo Lloris in goal.
Mousa Demebele’s suspension that carries on from last season means that new signing Victor Wanyama will almost certainly make his competitive debut for the north London club, alongside Eric Dier in holding midfield.
Ahead of the midfield shield will be the attacking youngster Dele Alli, who is likely to come straight back into the Tottenham starting XI after being suspended at the end of last season.
Eric Lamela and Christian Eriksen will play on the right and left flanks respectively allowing last seasons top goal scorer in the Premier League, Harry Kane, to fill the lead striking role.
This will mean no place for the other senior summer signing Vincent Janssen, even though he showed promising signs as part of a two-pronged attack in the 6-1 demolition of Inter Milan last Friday.
Tottenham finished third last season and after falling away in the title race late-on, they will be hoping to play consistent football throughout the season, and challenge for English football’s top prize.
In other Tottenham team news, manager Pochettino tried to convince Paul Mitchell to stay at White Hart Lane before the 34-year-old quit the club.