Tottenham expected 3-4-3 v West Ham: Speed machine handed full league debut
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is likely to hand Serge Aurier his full league debut in his side’s Premier League clash against bitter rivals West Ham tomorrow (Saturday).
Pochettino frequently rotates his full-backs after midweek matches and has used Aurier only sparingly since his late August transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Spurs faithful will be expecting to see more of the speed machine in action as the manager prepares to unleash his two best available wing-backs for the match.
That would mean Aurier and Ben Davies, who has missed the last two matches with an ankle problem, restored to the starting XI in place of Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker, who started the midweek 1-0 League Cup win against Barnsley.
Pochettino selected a stronger than expected side against the Championship side and will ring the changes against the Hammers for the London Stadium clash.
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Compared to the side that could not break down Swansea in last weekend’s goalless draw, the Argentine is set to make three changes.
In addition to Aurier and Davies replacing Trippier and Son Heung-Min, who played at left wing-back last weekend, the other main change is likely to be in central midfield.
Mousa Dembele, who Pochettino once again called a “genius” during his media briefing yesterday, is set to come in for Moussa Sissoko.
Harry Kane, who was rested in midweek, will return to lead the line for Tottenham, with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen providing the principal attacking support.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky pundit has claimed that Spurs’ players didn’t want to pass to one teammate during their draw against Swansea.