Quartet axed: Tottenham best possible XI to face Southampton
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham should make four changes to their starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League match against Southampton.
Spurs host the Saints at White Hart Lane and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten home record in the league.
Mauricio Pochettino should make four alterations to his team from the side that smashed Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen should come into the starting XI as Mauricio Pochettino resorts to his best available team.
That means Michel, Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks and Harry Kane should be dropped, but the latter is a forced change due to his ankle injury.
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Kane’s absence from the starting XI will be a huge blow, but Heung-Min Son should be given the chance to lead the line following his hat-trick against Millwall.
Spurs’ preferred backline should be restored against a dangerous Southampton side, who have managed to score eight goals in their last two league games.
Lloris must come back into the team and play in front of the settled three-man defence of Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Walker should replace Trippier as the right wing-back, despite the latter proving to be a fantastic squad player whenever he features.
Similarly, youngster Winks is proving his qualities in the first-team, but powerhouse Dembele should be restored to play alongside Victor Wanyama.
That leaves left wing-back Ben Davies in the starting XI and he is proving himself during the absence of the injured Danny Rose.
The attacking trio should consistent of Dele Alli, Eriksen and Son, who should have enough firepower to edge past Southampton.
Pochettino may be tempted to give Vincent Janssen a rare start after his goal against Millwall, but Son would be a safe option and the Argentinian manager should consider giving him 30 minutes depending on the game.
In other Tottenham team news, Paul Merson has predicted the clash against Southampton.