Tottenham expected 3-5-1-1 v Barnsley: 17-year-old starts among eight changes

By Russell Edge

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to the ring the changes to his side when they welcome Barnsley to Wembley on Tuesday night.

Spurs have had a busy run of fixtures, with the clash against the Tykes their third match in less than a week having faced both Borussia Dortmund and Swansea in the Champions League and Premier League respectively.

As a result, the Argentinian boss is likely to rest a number of his first team stars, bringing in a mix of youth and squad players into the starting XI, with up to eight changes expected.

He has already confirmed that 17-year-old Tashan Oakley-Boothe will play a part, while reports suggest that fellow youngster Keanan Bennetts as well as first team star Dele Alli will also feature.

Midfielder Oakley-Boothe is expected to line up in a 3-5-1-1 formation as one of eight changes, alongside Fernando Llorente, Harry Winks, Mousa Dembele, Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth and Michel Vorm.

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They would replace Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Son Heung-Min, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris in the starting XI.

Such changes would see Oakley-Boothe joined by centre back Juan Foyth, a summer arrival from Estudiantes, in making their debuts for the club, while Llorente would be starting his first game since his summer move from Swansea.

Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier have both impressed on the flanks this season, and they can be expected to take up the roles of wing backs, with the young Englishman , a natural right-back, likely to be utilised on the left as he was for the England under-20s for their World Cup winning campaign.

Mousa Dembele should return to the starting XI after sitting out the 0-0 draw with Swansea on the bench, and he will be expected to offer some experience alongside the young Harry Winks and Oakley Boothe.

Pochettino will be hoping that his much changed side can overcome their Championship opposition, as he looks to rest his star men ahead of their clash with West Ham on Saturday.

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