10 senior men axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: This youthful Tottenham XI would beat Gillingham
By Alex Taylor
Tottenham should make 10 changes from the side that beat Sunderland 1-0 in Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash against Gillingham.
Spurs take on the League One outfit in the third round of the newly-named League Cup competition on Wednesday.
Ten senior players including Dele Ali, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld should be rested for the clash, with only Son Heung-min retaining his place in the starting XI.
The changes would allow for Mauricio Pochettino to rest key players as well as give vital minutes to some of the club’s emerging talent.
After the injury to Harry Kane, Vincent Janssen should start his second game for Spurs this season to give him ample opportunity to score his first goal for his new club.
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The new forward should be supported by wide forwards Son Georges-Kévin N’Koudou on the flanks.
Son has bagged two goals in two domestic league games this season while N’Koudou should be given his first run-out since his summer move from Marseille.
The midfield three selection must see Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Alli make way for Tom Carroll, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah.
The youthful midfield trio would provide the perfect blend of attacking talent and defensive nous to win the game.
Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers should then form the core of the Tottenham back four.
Wimmer has seen his chances limited this season as he remains behind first-choice centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in the pecking order.
The 23-year-old Austria international would relish 90 minutes of football and would be on-hand to guide 18-year-old Carter-Vickers through the match.
Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier should step-in to replace the injured Danny Rose and the fatigued Kyle Walker at right and left full-back respectively.
Both Davies and Trippier are strong replacements for their English counterparts and deserve more game time in a white shirt.
Michel Vorm should then replace Hugo Lloris in goal as the final line of defence.
Vorm was magnificent throughout the first three Premier League games for Tottenham this season and deserves the chance to enjoy a cup run with his side.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino has explained why Ben Davies was axed from the starting line up against Sunderland.