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Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Brighton

Tottenham will be eager to get back to winning ways after a loss at home to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. As usual as we switch competitions, Maurcio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that started against Newcastle as we look to progress into the next phase of the Capital One Cup. We face Brighton, who are just two points above the Championship relegation spots. Here is the team news and predicted lineup.

Team News:

Our woes in the right-back position continue as Kyle Naughton is still out nursing an ankle injury, whilst Kyle Walker remains out after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Nabil Bentaleb is also out on contention.

Predicted Lineup: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Vorm hasn’t had too much game time thus far since joining Tottenham. He has been out of contention for a large chunk of this season whilst he completes a ‘fitness regime’. The former Swansea stopper has a good chance of starting now. He did feature in our last Capital One Cup match at home to Nottingham Forest.

Defence: Eric Dier, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies
Eric Dier must start at right-back despite his costly errors at the weekend. Otherwise, you would have to start plunging players into a position that they have never played before and that would be too risky. After Kaboul hit out at players for being defeated, he needs to start and lead by example.

Midfield: (Holding) Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele
If he starts, Dembele will be key in the sense that he can drive and run at the Brighton defence from that holding role. Stambouli will be playing the Etienne Capoue role, holding back whilst other push higher up the pitch.

Midfield: (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela
I simply think that Erik Lamela needs confidence. That will then allow him to kick on in the Premier League, something that he hasn’t done yet. Harry Kane needs to start after he scored a hat-trick last week in the Europa League and is in a good run of form.

Forward: Roberto Soldado
Much like Lamela, Soldado is very short of confidence and needs a boost of confidence. If he starts, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to bag a couple of goals. As we saw on Sunday, he can link up with Kane very well, and if they both start, the two of them could be very hard to play against.

Why Brighton Is The Perfect Time To Experiment

As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, is hasn’t been going too well for Maurcio Pochettino in the Tottenham hot seat. It has been our worst start to the Premier League season since 2008/09 when Juande Ramos was at the helm (it seems a very long time ago doesn’t it).

Last week, we saw Spurs cruise to a 5-1 win over Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League. That was a game where we saw both Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane start in. However, we didn’t lineup as you might think we would. Pochettino deployed his players in his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, with Kane playing in the number ten position.

Now, some will say that you can get the best out of Harry Kane when you play him just behind the striker. You would certainly be lead to believe this, after the youngster bagged a hat-trick at White Hart Lane last Thursday.

As I said earlier, last week we tried Harry Kane and Emmanuel Adebayor out together, and that seemed to work quite well. As you will agree, the Premier League is no place to experiment. I feel that we are active in so many competitions, which means that we have plenty of games to try things out, and especially in these earlier rounds when we face possibly lesser opponents that we necessarily would face in the later rounds of the competition. This is possibly why Mauricio Pochettino mixed it up a bit in starting Kane and Adebayor.

I feel that this Capital One Cup game against Brighton is the perfect opportunity to start Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane together up front. We saw this partnership briefly on Sunday for seven minutes, and you would have to say, it worked well. The two linking up well to carve out our best chance of the second half. We would ideally like to see more of the same if they both start on Wednesday.

This isn’t just a night for Soldado and Kane. This is also a night for variation all over the pitch. Possibly swapping around the attacking three, and starting with Andros Townsend on the left and Aaron Lennon on the right. Another thing to bear in mind is that the starting XI isn’t permanent for the full ninety minutes. It is very easy for Pochettino to swap things around again at half time if the changes are not going according to plan.

So, when I look at the team sheets at around an hour before the game, I would like to see variation in the team selection, and then we may be able to tackle some of our Premier League issues.

Two Up Top? Why Tottenham Need A Formation Change

It wasn’t quite the equivalent of throwing the kitchen sink at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but in the last seven or eight minutes, Mauricio Pochettino went for two strikers up top, and you have to say that this did change the game in the closing stages, despite us losing 2-1.

As soon as Harry Kane entered the field of play, the pace of the game changed slightly in that the tempo was raised by the home side. All of a sudden, they looked more creative going forward, with Kane influential in much of this.

Then near the end of the game, came the introduction of Roberto Soldado and although he fluffed a good chance to put us level, his overall link up play was very good, as it was at the Etihad. Our best chance to equalise was actually when Soldado and Kane linked up and the latter manged to find a cross that nobody could get on the end of.

This is why i think that Tottenham need a formation change, and not only to accommodate strikers, but other players as well. Before rushing into decisions of 4-4-2, or 4-1-3-2, you must think of what this does to affect the other players on the pitch. With 4-4-2, you would have to sacrifice the two just in front of the defence. This is why 4-1-3-2 would accommodate players the best as it keeps at least one player in front of the defence and keeps the bank of three and allows two strikers to start up front. However, this means that possibly Ryan Mason would miss out, and as you saw on Sunday, he is a key part of our side, providing the assist for our goal.

As you can see, there are many pros and cons to a formation change. But would you change the formation or keep the same formation?

Tottenham Close In On Free Agent And Former Real Madrid Midfielder

French newspaper L’Equipe claim that Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra on a free transfer.

The holding midfielder is currently without a club after his contract expired at Lokomotiv Moscow. Spurs also face competition to sign Diarra from French club Marseille, who currently top the Ligue 1 table by four points.

The 29 year old had agreed to join Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, in the summer transfer window, and successfully completed a medical ahead of the move, only for the deal to fall through in the final stages.

Other reports say that Diarra will receive a ulcerative weekly pay packet on top of a number of tempting bonuses if he moves back to North London.

However, you would be led to believe that Diarra may not want to join Tottenham due to their massive squad depth and especcially strong depth in the holding midfield positions. Already at the club, Mauricio Pochettino has the likes of Moussa Demebele, Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and more recently, Ryan Mason at his disposal.

Tottenham are the closest to sealing a deal for the Frenchman, but do not rule out Diarra returning to his homeland to join Marseille.

10 Transfer Deadline Day Signings That Could Happen

It could be a busy transfer deadline day at Tottenham! Here are ten transfers that could potentially happen at Spurs on this annual day of madness!

IN:

1) Benjamin Stambouli
Reports suggested on Friday night that the current Montpellier holding midfielder was set to join Tottenham in a £4.7m deal. The French club even posted it on their official Twitter account! Rumours gathered momentum once again yesterday as Stambouli was reportadly spotted at White Hart Lane during Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

2) Danny Welbeck
The current Manchester United striker has been linked with a move away from the club, but Louis Van Gaal has neither denied or confirmed reports that Welbeck will leave the club this summer. Reports last night claimed that that Spurs had agreed a loan deal with United, the deal believed to be worth £2m.

3) Jay Rodriguez
The attack minded midfielder has been linked with a move to Spurs ever since the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. Papers claimed last night that Spurs are to offer £14m plus Andros Townsend for the England international. The former Burnley man is still months away from playing after picking an injury in April against Manchester City, but he says the recovery is going well.

4) Matija Nastasic
The Sun report that enquires have been made by both North-London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal. The paper understand that the defender is set to make a choice of either clubs today. The centre-back appears to not be in the manager’s plans for this season.

OUT:

5) Sandro
The Daily Mail reported last night that QPR are very close to sealing a season long loan for the Brazilian. It was believed that Napoli and other Italian clubs were interested in the holding midfielder. It was reported that Sandro is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, fuelling speculation that he will move away from White Hart Lane this summer.

6) Lewis Holtby
The German has been previously linked with a move back to his old club Schalke 04, but those rumours seemed to have fizzled out. New reports say that Everton are interested, but Hamburger SV seem to have beaten them to it, with Holtby set to have a medical with the German club today. The clubs Sporting Director has confirmed it, saying that he will have a medical.

7) Andros Townsend
As I mentioned earlier, Townsend has been linked with an involvement in a deal for Jay Rodriguez. In addition to this, the England international has been linked with many other clubs in the Premier League. Either way, he could be on his way out of White Hart Lane and could’ve made his last appearance yesterday.

8) Roberto Soldado
The Independent reported last night that Spurs are set to listen to offers for Roberto Soldado. In the past few weeks, the former Valencia striker has been linked mainly with moves to Italy and previously reports have claimed that Spurs tried to sign Mattia Destro, throwing Soldado in with any potential deal.

9) Aaron Lennon
A journalist at Sky Sports has claimed that QPR are close to sealing a loan swoop for the English winger. It could be a deadline day Spurs steal for QPR as they are also interested in signing Brazilian midfielder ‘The Beast’ Sandro. Lennon has not fitted into the Pochettino system particularly well so far.

10) Zeki Fryers
Sky Sports report that youngster Zeki Fryers is set to complete a move to Crystal Palace today after reports have suggested this move for a couple of weeks now. Crystal Palace’s defence needs strengthening after conceding three at the weekend away to Newcastle. It is unclear however, if Fryers is for now or for the future.

Sale At Tottenham! Pochettino Puts Eleven Players Up For Sale

The Telegraph claim that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has put eleven players up for sale for this window in an attempt to reduce the Tottenham squad to twenty-five players ahead of the new season. New man Pochettino said a few days ago that the squad is too big and he will reduce the number of players at Spurs by the end of the window.

The Telegraph also claim that they know who these players are and say that they will be sold if the price is right. Here is the list of those players up for sale.
Andros Townsend
Aaron Lennon
Roberto Soldado
Michael Dawson
Beniot Assou-Ekotto
Kyle Naughton
Vlad Chiriches
Sandro
Nacer Chadli
Moussa Dembele

There are many question we can ask now. For example, ‘does this spell the end for Roberto Soldado?’ This list may indicate that Soldado is not in Pochettino’s plans for this season, even if he isn’t sold.

It is very likely that all these players will get sold, it will most likely be five to seven of them, but this list does give us some indication as to who has nailed down their first-team spots at Tottenham.