Sissoko axed in Pochettino 4-4-2: Tottenham best possible XI to face West Ham
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham should select forward Vincent Janssen ahead of Moussa Sissoko against West Ham.
Spurs face the Hammers on Saturday in the Premier League and manager Mauricio Pochettino has already shown this season he is not afraid to switch his formation.
The Dutch international should partner Harry Kane in attack and replace Kevin Wimmer in the only change from the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Midfielder Sissoko is available to come back into the side after serving his three-game suspension for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, but Pochettino would be best served going with an extra forward against 17th-placed West Ham.
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The north London club may not have a better opportunity to try out a partnership of Janssen and Kane, something which could help them end their recent struggles in front of goal.
Spurs are without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions and have not scored more than a single goal in each game.
Spurs should maintain a familiar back four against West Ham, with make-shift centre-back Eric Dier continuing in the place of the injured Alderweireld.
Pochettino’s side have the best defensive record in the league, with just six goals conceded this season, and should be confident of keeping out a West Ham side who have been unimpressive in attack.
Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama should play in the central midfield positions and would provide both defensive stability and athleticism in the centre of the park.
They would allow wingers Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son to push on forward when Spurs are in possession, to supplement the striking pairing up top.
Sissoko is yet to register a goal or an assist in his first nine appearances for the club and does not warrant a starting role ahead of Eriksen or Son.
Janssen, 22, is yet to score from open play since his summer arrival but has shown his skills as a target man.
The striker could bring out the best of team-mate Kane, who has recently recovered from a 10-game layout through injury.
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