By David Woods

21st Apr, 2018 | 10:32am

ESPN journo: Pochettino set to make big Tottenham mistake in FA Cup semi v Man United

ESPN and Tottenham journalist Ben Pearce says that Mauricio Pochettino is set to axe Toby Alderweireld for the FA Cup semi-final against Man United.

He thinks that Davinson Sanchez will get the nod and that this would be a mistake.

He goes on to say that while Alderweireld appears to be leaving, he’s available for today’s game and you should play the best players when you’ve got them.

Pearce claims that Sanchez is capable of mistakes and that Alderweireld knows Lukaku and has trained against him.

Football Insider verdict:

We’ve got to agree with this assessment and we think that it’s one of Pochettino’s only weaknesses. Alderweireld hasn’t fallen out with the Tottenham players, he’s not an outcast or a pariah. He came in against Brighton and looked sharp, and the fans love him. Tottenham are two games away from their first trophy in the Pochettino era – that’s huge, and surely Pochettino must pick the best team, irrespective of backstage politics? Time will tell and Alderweireld might well play, but our guess is that Sanchez will get the nod after being rested for the Brighton game. If he makes a big mistake, will the fans start murmuring?

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