23-year-old axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: This Tottenham XI would smash Everton
By Will Butcher
A four-man Tottenham defence would prove impenetrable for Everton’s attack on Sunday and enable Mauricio Pochettino’s side to smash their in-form visitors.
Spurs used a three-man defence against Stoke during their 4-0 win at White Hart Lane, but will come up against a stronger side in Ronald Koeman’s Everton this time round.
Making one change, South Korea international Heung Min-Son should replace 23-year-old Eric Dier to allow Pochettino to field a solid four-man defence.
Fielding a rigid defensive quartet will help prevent trio Romelu Lukaku, Ademola Lookman and Ross Barkley, who have teamed up to help Everton score eight goals in their last three outings.
However, injured duo Danny Rose and Erik Lamela will miss out through injury once again, with the latter failing to make a single Tottenham appearance since late October.
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Hugo Lloris will remain in between the sticks for the north London giants, as the Ballon d’Or nominee continues to keep both Michel Vorm and Pau Lopez on the sidelines.
Kyle Walker has been in fantastic form on the right flank this season, providing six assists during his 30 outings and continues to remain first choice over Kieran Trippier.
The Guardian claim centre-back pairing Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are on course to recover from injuries sustained against Stoke, partnering each other at the heart of defence.
They would keep out England star Dier, who would drop to the bench as the unfortunate victim in a Pochettino system reshuffle. Ben Davies will deputise once again for crocked Rose.
Victor Wanyama has starred since his move from Southampton in the summer, while Mousa Dembele remains one of Spurs’ most underrated players throughout the 2016-17 campaign.
They would continue their form together once again in the middle of the park, behind wonderkid Dele Alli who scored his 14th goal of the season against Stoke last weekend.
Either side of the former MK Dons midfielder would be Christian Eriksen and Son, as the trio look to help goal machine Harry Kane maintain his mind-blowing form in front of goal.
Three points against seventh placed Everton could see Spurs claw Chelsea’s lead back to just seven points at the top of the table, if West Ham produce a shock result against Antonio Conte’s side on Monday.
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