Big gun axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: Tottenham best possible XI to face West Brom
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Mauricio Pochettino should make eight changes to the Tottenham side that takes on West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs knocked Aston Villa out of the FA Cup last Sunday with a much-changed team as they now turn their attention to Premier League matters.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris should all come back into the starting XI.
It means Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies, Eric Dier, Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Michel Vorm must all make way.
The north London club will be looking to build upon their recent success and close the gap on the title chasers, therefore, they must play a strong team.
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Academy product Winks should be given a start as the club’s big gun Mousa Dembele should be axed despite starting the last league win against Chelsea.
The 20-year-old has produced good displays in recent weeks and would complement the powerful Victor Wanyama in the middle of the park.
However, striker Kane must start with the in-form Alli, who has scored six goals in his last three games, starting in behind his England teammate.
It means Son Heung-Ming, who produced a good display in the FA Cup, will play on the left with Eriksen occupying the right-hand side.
In defence, Pochettino should rely upon the back four that has produced great success in recent months, with Rose, Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Walker starting at the back.
France international Lloris must start in between the sticks as the goalkeeper is a vital cog of that solid defensive structure.
In other Tottenham team news, this key defender is set to miss Spurs v West Brom.