By Wayne Veysey

15th Oct, 2016 | 2:20pm

Pochettino defends shock Tottenham starting XI v West Brom

By Alex Stevens

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed the Tottenham team to face West Brom is the “right XI” to win the Hawthorns clash.

Spurs have made two changes to the side that beat Manchester City 2-0 before the international break for Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Pochettino has surprisingly recalled Vincent Janssen to the team and selected the misfiring striker as the attack spearhead instead of Son Heung-Min, who drops to the bench.

Son is not in the team despite scoring five goals in his last six club matches and being named the Premier League player of the month for September.

Ben Davies has also been selected in the starting XI, ahead of Danny Rose, who is not named in the matchday 18.

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Pochettino explained why Son misses out against Tony Pulis’ side.

“We have seven games in 23 days and we always need to be right with our decisions,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the official Spurs Twitter account. “This team is the right XI to compete against West Brom.”

Midfield duo Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, who were the regular pairing in the centre last season, are overlooked as Pochettino sticks with the 4-1-4-1 formation that worked so well in the 2-0 win over Manchester City a fortnight ago.

Janssen will be supported by midfield quartet Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela, with Victor Wanyama once again selected in the anchorman role.

Centre-back duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld continue at the heart of the club’s defence as they aim to maintain the league’s best defensive record.

Spurs have won their previous five games in all competitions, including four consecutive league victories.

In other Tottenham team news, the manager has singled out an emerging duo for their recent displays.