OPINION | By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Kieran Trippier should keep his place ahead of Kyle Walker in the Tottenham team for Sunday’s Premier League showdown against Manchester City.
The former Burnley defender was outstanding in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Watford last Saturday, not only scoring the game’s only goal but delivering a series of excellent crosses from the right flank.
Walker has been been the regular right-back in the Premier League this season, starting 21 of the 25 matches, but faces a battle to win back his place at the Etihad Stadium after being demoted to the substitute’s bench last weekend.
Walker’s pace against the dangerous Raheem Sterling could hand him a recall but Trippier has showed during his run-outs in recent weeks that he is far more thanjust a handy stand-in.
Pochettino is likely to reinstate fit-again Dele Alli into the No10 role behind centre-forward Harry Kane, leaving Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela competing for the two places on the flanks.
Eriksen has ensured he is one of the first names on the team-sheet with his performances in the last three seasons, and he should be joined in the starting X1 by Lamela.
The Argentine does not have Chadli’s power or all-round game, but he is capable of the occasional moment of brilliance that could be decisive.
Spurs will go into the game genuinely confident of extending their six-match winning run after title rivals Leicester won 3-1 at City last weekend.
Tottenham (strongest possible): Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.