Wanyama axed: This Tottenham starting XI will smash Swansea and reignite season
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Tottenham should axe Victor Wanyama for their Premier League showdown against Swansea on Saturday if Toby Alderweireld passes a late fitness test.
If Alderweireld is passed fit to face Bob Bradley’s side at White Hart Lane, Pochettino should drop Wanyama from the team for the first time in a league match this season.
The midfield anchorman has been a mainstay of the side since his summer arrival but he has not looked as effective in recent weeks and might benefit from a mid-season breather.
This would allow Eric Dier, who has looked as nervous as a kitten since being re-deployed at centre-back, to push back up into central midfield and re-establish his partnership with Mousa Dembele.
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The Dier-Dembele alliance was integral to Spurs’ unexpected title challenge last season and it is no coincidence that the team have been less effective this season since they were split up, due to injuries and the Belgian’s early season suspension.
This would allow Pochettino, whose summer signings have nearly all flopped badly, to select the tried and trusted players who delivered the goods last season.
Danny Rose is available again after suspension, opening the possibility of the first-choice back five all starting at White Hart Lane.
Further up the field, Dele Alli and Harry Kane pick themselves, Christian Eriksen will be re-energised after his sensational goal against Chelsea, which leaves one attacking midfield slot.
In the continued absence of Erik Lamela, Son Heung-Min should get the nod over the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou for the final place in the team due to the south Korean’s excellent movement and ability to score goals.
It would be a strong enough Spurs side to smash relegation threatened Swansea and get the London side’s season back on track after just one win in 10 matches.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino shares the four reasons why Moussa Sissoko has struggled since his summer arrival.