First team star axed: This Tottenham 3-4-2-1 would batter Bournemouth in their clash
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should drop the axe on midfield star Dele Alli after his antics at Huddersfield ahead the team’s clash against Bournemouth.
The 21-year-old was booked for simulation in the 4-0 win after appearing to attempt to convince the referee he had been tripped, when replays showed it was an evident dive.
His actions were widely criticised by fans and pundits, with even his manager warning the youngster about his actions.
However, the dive was just one part of a truly disappointing performance against the Terriers, and Pochettino should axe him from the side in order for him to refocus and think about how to improve.
Alli should not be the only one dropped though, as Pochettino should move centre back Davinson Sanchez to the bench as well.
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The duo would be replaced by Moussa Sissoko and Heung-min Son, with Spurs continuing to play in Pochettino’s preferred 3-4-2-1 formation as they look for their first Premier League win at Wembley.
At the back, first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and top centre backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen should all retain their places, with the trio key to the strong spine of the Tottenham side.
Sanchez should see his place taken by Eric Dier, with the versatile enforcer dropping from midfield, where he has failed to impress, back into the heart of the defence.
Bournemouth are by no means the most potent attacking threat and Pochettino should allow Dier the freedom to push and act as a defensive midfielder to break up the Cherries’ attacks, before dropping back into the back three when needed.
On the flanks Kieran Trippier should retain his place despite the return of Serge Aurier from suspension, while Ben Davies will be hoping to keep up his good form on the left hand side.
With Dier able to act as the defensive midfielder when needed, Pochettino should put Moussa Sissoko alongside youngster Harry Winks.
The Frenchman’s power, energy and dynamism should break down the Bournemouth midfield through sheer will, will Winks will be able to control the tempo of the game with his slick passing.
Ahead of them, Heung-min son should line up alongside Christian Eriksen in the attacking midfield roles.
The Danish international is crucial to Spurs’ attacks, while Son offers an enthusiasm and desire to drive forward that Alli is sometimes lacking.
They will support Harry Kane, who, with nine goals in 11 matches across all competitions this season, needs no introduction.
He will spearhead the attack, bringing players into the fray and bullying the Bournemouth defence, who will likely have no answer to stop the England man’s incredible form.
With a line up like that, Tottenham should steamroll the Cherries into submission, pushing them on in their hunt for Premier League success.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool for an international enforcer.