26-year-old must start: Three things we learned about Tottenham after draw v Arsenal
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Sunday’s north London derby as Tottenham secured a 2-0 win over Arsenal.
26-year-old must start v West Ham
Kieran Trippier was given a chance from the off but failed to provide the kind of form that the has shown in recent matches, persuading Pochettino to start him over Kyle Walker. However, 26-year-old right-back Walker must be introduced back into the starting line-up on Friday night against West Ham, after former Burnley right-back Trippier struggled to impress on the right side of defence.
Defender is severely missed
England international Danny Rose has failed to feature for Spurs since January, after suffering an ankle injury. It has seen Ben Davies come in for him on the left side of defence, but the former Swansea left-back has struggled to hit the dizzy heights set by Rose. Davies misplaced a handful of passes from close range, while he proved second best to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on multiple occasions. Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to see the return of first-choice left-back, as the title run in the Premier League enters its final four fixtures.
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4-2-3-1 is harder to defend against
Following the injury to Mousa Dembele earlier in the week, manager Pochettino reverted to a four-man defence from his previous 3-4-2-1 system as Eric Dier moved into the middle of the park. It saw Spurs use a 4-2-3-1 formation instead, which has been particularly common in England’s top tier as well as all over Europe in recent years. Arsenal struggled to defend against the formation as Spurs got behind the Gunners on numerous occasions. Reverting to the 3-4-2-1 system sees the likes of Dele Alli, Eriksen and Son Heung-Min haveless support and struggle to join Harry Kane in attack.