COMMENT By Danny Wright
Tottenham will travel to the King Power Stadium on Thursday night to face Leicester in their penultimate game of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side guaranteed themselves a runners-up spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 win against Manchester United on Sunday and here, Football Insider takes a look at three things we can expect from Spurs’ clash with the Foxes.
22-year-old to learn fate
Now that Tottenham’s season is effectively over, it’s fair to expect that Pochettino will ring the changes against Leicester after a hard-fought win over United just a few days before and Sunday’s trip to Hull on the horizon. His changes could have a big say on the future of certain players and none more so than Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, who has been a pretty underwhelming signing. The 22-year-old came from Marseille with a lot of promise but has not started a single league game for Tottenham, with just 11 minutes of football under his belt in the last month. If N’Koudou doesn’t at least start then it could mean Pochettino has finally given up on the Frenchman.
Craig Shakespeare’s side will have no pressure on them going into the match but are still playing for a top-half finish. Spurs are cemented in second meaning that their season is pretty much over. Therefore, Leicester can be expected to get a shock result against Pochettino’s men. The Foxes can still finish as high as eighth and could find themselves in the ‘best of the rest’ spot if West Brom and Southampton lose their games in hand against Manchester City and Manchester United respectively – something which is very likely to happen. The East Midlands outfit are by no means a pushover and the Spurs squad could effectively down tools for the clash.
As well as possibly bringing some younger faces into the squad for some first-team experience, Pochettino could be expected to experiment with tactics. The former Southampton boss has changed formation a couple of times this season from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 and back again, but he could employ something completely different against the Foxes to either begin plans for next season or accommodate some of his fringe players. It’s the perfect time to do it because, as previously mentioned, Leicester could be trying hard to win the fixture whereas in pre-season friendlies you won’t usually get that sort of competitiveness.
In other Tottenham news, the expected starting line-up for the Leicester clash sees two changes.