COMMENT by Amir Mir
Mauricio Pochettino should make three changes to his Tottenham team as they take on Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane.
Spurs go into the match having being dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night by Gent at Wembley.
As a result, Pochettino should freshen his team up and bring in Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, and Son Heung-Min for the weekend encounter.
Powerhouse Mousa Dembele should be axed, alongside Dele Alli’s whose reckless sending off against Gent cost his team the match. The other player that should make way is Eric Dier.
In defence, Spurs must field a straight back four and leave out Dier who has proven to be a liability for the team in recent weeks.
The England international’s decision making and poor aerial ability has cost the team in recent weeks, so a spell on the sidelines should bring the best out of him later down the line.
Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker should be the players tasked to keep the opposing team at bay with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
In the middle of the park, academy product Winks’ forward-thinking would complement the powerful Victor Wanyama, with Christian Eriksen playing in behind striker Harry Kane.
Versatile attacker, Son brings energy and the ability to open up space for his side so he should start out wide providing the service with Sissoko marshaling the other flank.