Ex-midfielder backs Mourinho to start 22-year-old against Sheffield United

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Michael Brown expects Steven Bergwijn to come back into the team for Spurs’ clash against Sheffield United tomorrow evening.

Bergwijn found the back of the net in Tottenham’s first game back after the restart against Manchester United but found himself on the bench for the game against West Ham with Lucas Moura came back into the side after recovering from a knock sustained in training.

So far, Jose Mourinho has resisted the impulse to chop and change his side. In fact, Tottenham have used just five substitutes in their two matches so far, the lowest number used by any Premier League side since the restart.

However, Spurs now enter a busy run of fixtures which will see them play four games in the next eleven days starting with the clash against the Blades.

Given how other results have gone so far, the match at Bramall Lane will be a must-win for the Lilywhites if they are to retain their top-four ambitions.

Brown expects Mourinho to make better use of his squad as games now come thick and fast.

He told Football Insider: “I think there’s always changes, we’re looking at patterns because of all the games in close proximity and we’ve seen changes

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a couple of changed but there’s a little bit of confidence there after the (West Ham) result and you tend to stick with what you know.

“I said to you last week that he’d play Dele Alli, so crystal ball again – Steven Bergwijn, can I see him starting and getting some minutes? Yeah, I could.

“What we have to take into account is the loading of the players, how are they medically, are they feeling any stiffness?

“The testing is amazing now in regards to fatigue.”

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I do not expect Jose to make too many changes to the side for the clash against Sheffield United give that the players have had nine days since the clash against West Ham. However, I suspect the Spurs boss to right the changes against Everton and Bournemouth, before reverting back to a near full-strength team for the North London Derby.

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