Key midfielders axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: Tottenham best possible XI to face Monaco
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembele should be named in the team against Monaco on Wednesday night.
Tottenham host the French side in the Champions League at Wembley and the midfield pairing should replace Son Heung-Min and Victor Wanyama in the starting line-up.
That also means Argentinian winger Erik Lamela will be restricted to another substitute role despite his impressive start to the season.
Spurs spent £30million to capture French midfielder Sissoko on deadline-day and their European encounter is exactly the type of game he was recruited for.
The 27-year-old made a huge impression with his powerful displays as he helped the hosts to a runners-up position.
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Sissoko would take up a wide position in Mauricio Pochettino’s side, leaving Son and Lamela as impact substitutes.
Son scored a brace on Saturday in the 4-0 demolition of Stoke but that was only his first start of the season, while Pochettino may favour the direct approach of Sissoko over the skilful Lamela.
The only other change from the Stoke match should see the returning Dembele come in for Wanyama.
Summer signing Wanyama has made an assured start to his White Hart Lane and scored the winner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
However Demebele, who is returning from a six-game suspension, was a crucial member of Spurs’ success last season and struck a formidable partnership with Eric Dier.
Pochettino is likely to stick with a trusted defensive line up, with Ben Davies continuing ahead of the injured Danny Rose.
Elsewhere Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are beginning to recreate the form they showed last season and will hope to make their mark on the European stage.
Harry Kane is likely to lead the line again ahead of Vincent Janssen and will be full of confidence after scoring his first goal of the season against Stoke.
In other Tottenham team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter as a new signing is imminent.