Confirmed line-ups: Pochettino axes star man for Tottenham v Palace
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Vincent Janssen makes his competitive debut for Spurs today as manager Mauricio Pochettino drops Dele Alli to the bench for the match against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.
The Argentine manager had hinted at a start for his new attacking signing, and a home tie is the perfect opportunity for the Dutch international to stake a regular claim for first team football.
It will be a huge disappointment for young star Alli, who had a breakthrough season for Spurs in their 2015/16 campaign. Alli was a disappointment for England at Euro 2016 and has had a bruising schedule over the past 12 months.
Michel Vorm is the only other change to last Saturday’s starting XI, with the keeper replacing the injured captain Hugo Lloris. Lloris limped out of the game at Goodison Park with a hamstring injury and is out for four weeks.
Subs: McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Alli, Carroll, Mason, Onomah #COYS
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Son Heung-min doesn’t make the bench after his exertions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The South Korean team had been hoping for another medal after scoring bronze at the London Olympics, but were knocked out by Honduras in the quarter-finals.
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The South Korean was said to be distraught after the defeat, with coach Shin Taeyong confirming on the Korea Football Association website that he “cried all day” after the Honduras match. Pochettino admitted the player was still ‘sad’ when he joined back up with his team-mates.
Pochettino will be looking to get his bid for the 2016/17 Premier League title off the ground after a stuttering start against Everton last Saturday. The team improved in the second half, after Janssen was introduced, and the White Hart Lane faithful will get their first look at how the two attackers can combine in competitive action today.
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