You’re the Boas: Pick your Tottenham team vs Newcastle United

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Dom Le Roy

The emergence of Erik Lamela on the European stage made Tottenham Hotspur fans sit up and take notice following his impressive display in our 2-1 win against FC Sheriff.

The fans will not be the only people who will have been impressed, AVB surely has to seriously consider whether he starts the winger when Newcastle United visit White Hart Lane on Sunday lunchtime.

If you were AVB, what would your Tottenham starting eleven be?  Here’s what we have come up with below.


Walker Dawson Chiriches Vertonghen

Townsend Sandro Paulinho Lamela




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  1. 1. I'd swap Townsend and Lamela around.
    2. Is Sandro fit to play? I suspect he won't be risked so we'll probably see Dembele (hardly a chore as he's a quality player)

    Looks pretty good to me otherwise.

  2. Don't think Sandro will be fit so Dembele and Holtby for Eriksen who despite some good bits was pretty poor last night. I'd actually give Kane a go upfront if I can't have Adebayor but that's not going to happen.

  3. Why not try Lennon on the right and then either Lamela or Townsend on the left.. would be good to see a left footer on the left, and a right footer on the right…

    Soldado scores goals so feed him naturally.. Rather than running up the wing and then turning back to get on the better foot and allowing defenders to prepare themselves..

    Seen it too much this season and it is slowing the fluency of our game.. lets whip the ball across the 6 yard box with Paulinho and Erikson, Lamela, or Siggs following up behind soldado..

    Fast, effective and lethal like the Spurs we know and love..!

  4. Why not try Lennon on the right and then either Lamela or Townsend on the left.. would be good to see a left footer on the left, and a right footer on the right…

    Natural width and service for Soldado in the 6 yard box..!

    • I'd prefer to see Lamela over Townsend. I think he creates more problems for defenders and isn't prone to shooting from 25 yards out. Suits Soldado's style better too in my opinion, which isn't worth 2c

  5. Consistency is key so i'd say you got it right apart from Dembele for Paulinho and Sigurdsson has to start in my eyes. Like to see things changed up in europa though. Use it as a test, try something new. lloris, walker, dawson, chiriches, vertonghen, sandro and dembele holding, then give holtby eriksson and sigurdsson the chance to play together as a 3 behind the striker with maybe townsend up top, loads of pace and shoots both footed.

  6. I HATE inverted wingers – but seems like we're stuck with them while AVB's the manager. Give me good old fashioned wingers actually crossing the ball on their 'correct' foot and giving the striker(s) a chance.

    • Inverted wingers work when the wingers score AND still assist. Townsend has only one goal that he scored whilst crossing… Lennon is not going to score many, and especially not whilst inverted. Siggy has scored from the inverted wing position, but he is not even a winger…

  7. Sandro is out injured.
    Based on who played yesterday:


    Walker Dawson Chiriches Vertonghen





    SUBS: Frediel / Kaboul / Capoue / Siggy / Erikson / Lennon / Defoe

  8. My team would be

    433 ( this won’t happen)






  9. Hugo
    Walker Daws Chriches Verts
    Dembele Paulinho
    Lennon Lamela Townsend

    I'd like to see this 11 turning out but can't see it happening

  10. I do like the John Frost and Anthony Dove (I assume Townsend is the missing player) teams with Subs Kaboul/Siggy/Holtby/Dembelle/ Frediel/Defoe/Kane

  11. Is Sandro fit? That is the big question in all this. If so he plays, if not do we put in Capoue or revert back to Dembele & Paulinho. I suspect the latter.

    Newcastle will want to hit us on the break with fast attacking players so need fast and able defenders. I think however that AVB will play it safe and sure.

    What of Lamela? Did he do enough to displace Lennon? Possibly.

    So I go with
    Walker. Dawson. Chiriches. Vertonghen.
    Dembele. Paulinho.
    Townsend. Holt by. Lamela

  12. Lloris Walker Dawson Kaboul Vertonghan Lennon (rw) Dembele Paulinho Townsend (lw) Lamela (behind the striker as I have been disappointed with Erikson and I think hotbys best position is central midfield) Soldado. Also hopefully adebayor will be fit and given a chance to be on the bench. He will give us a different option up front and is a class striker (remember Chelsea last season. Coys.


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