By Dominic Toner
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned his fringe players they must show their quality whenever they step out on to the pitch.
Spurs host Wycombe on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth-round at White Hart Lane and Pochettino is likely to make several changes to his side.
The north London club will be without senior trio Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Kane, but they are expected back in time for the Premier League game with Sunderland on Tuesday.
He will also be without Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela as they remain sidelined with injuries.
Pochettino has issued the ultimatum to his squad that they must constantly prove they are good enough to wear the Spurs shirt.
“If you want to be at Tottenham for the long term, and to deserve to wear the shirt, the Wycombe game is a great opportunity to show it,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “The FA Cup needs to be a priority. It must be our objective, to get as far as possible.
“Saturday is not an excuse. If you play for Tottenham, whether you are involved a lot or not too much, you need to show your quality.”
Spurs are currently competing for the Premier League title this season and are third-placed in the table, nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
They are also involved in the Europa League knockout rounds and face Belgian side Gent in the last 32.
Pochettino’s side will be strong favourites to progress in their FA Cup tie against League Two side Wycombe, despite several key players set to miss out.
Forward Vincent Janssen is one of the fringe players who may get the chance to impress against Wycombe as his search for a first goal from open play continues.
Spurs could also hand youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks a rare start.
In other Tottenham news, Karren Brady has had a dig at the club’s supporters.