By Dominic Toner
Moussa Sissoko is in contention to make his Tottenham debut on Saturday at the expense of Erik Lamela.
Sissoko, 27, completed a £30million move to White Hart Lane on deadline day and could replace Lamela on the right side of midfield.
Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris could return from injury earlier than expected and take over from Michel Vorm, who has impressed by conceding just one goal in his two full starts.
Elsewhere England’s Danny Rose picked up a knock on international duty and is set to miss the Premier League clash, meaning understudy Ben Davies could make his first appearance of the season.
Spurs remain unbeaten after their first three league fixtures and face bottom of the league Stoke who have picked up just one point to date.
Mauricio Pochettino recruited youngster Pau Lopez as a third-choice goalkeeper on deadline-day but Lloris is expected to remain the club’s number one when available.
Spurs have established a settled back four, however the omission of Rose will give Welshman Davies the opportunity to impress following his successful Euro 2016 campaign.
He may even be relied upon in Spurs’ first Champions League group match as Rose is a doubt for the home clash against Monaco at Wembley too.
In the absence of the suspended Moussa Dembele, midfield pairing Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama will continue.
Spurs have often lined up with Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lamela as an attacking trio, but the latter looks set to miss out to make room for the new signing.
Sissoko is under pressure to live up to his large price tag and Pochettino is likely to give him his first opportunity against Stoke.
Lamela has been one of the club’s better performers at the start of the new season, scoring an equalising goal in a 1-1 draw with Everton, but that might not be enough for him to keep his place.
Harry Kane is expected to continue his search for his first goal of the season, leaving new team-mate Vincent Janssen on the bench, although he would thrive in a physical battle with the Stoke defenders.
In other Tottenham team news, they have been handed a squad advantage over their rivals ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.