October – A crucial month for Tottenham Hotspur

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After a rather successful September, which saw us defeat the likes of Everton, Dortmund, Barnsley, West Ham, APOEL and Huddersfield and score 17 goals in the process. We face the daunting task of Liverpool and Manchester United in the league, whilst also going head to head with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

October is crucial for us, I am personally hoping for at least four points from Man United and Liverpool and despite the fact I think we will come away from the Bernabeu empty handed, our away form continues to debate my original prediction. An additional key aspect of October is about keeping this season’s top performers like Kane, Alli, Vertonghen, Eriksen, Alderweireld and Davies free of any form of injury.

Another interesting topic is the form of Aurier, the Ivorian international arrived as a very attacking fullback and was assumed by most of us as the replacement for Walker. Every player needs time to adapt to the Premier League, from the West Ham game I certainly noticed that he was tested a lot more on the defensive front in comparison to his time in Paris where PSG oftenly had 60-80% possession which allowed him to be an instrumental figure by bombing up and down the right hand flank. Our clash with relegation candidates Bournemouth will provide Serge with another opportunity to put his hand up for the vacant right wing back role.

Unfortunately for Aurier, his competition for this role consists of Kieran Trippier. Trippier notched two assists against Huddersfield whilst also playing a significant role against APOEL in the Champions League midweek. If I were Poch, I would rest key players for the Bournemouth game, as the huge away game against Madrid is two days later. My starting 11 would be.

Lloris

Trippier Dier Sanchez Vertonghen Davies

Winks Sissoko

Eriksen Kane Alli

This eleven would allow the likes of Alderweireld to take deserved rests, during the Bournemouth match I would expect Aurier to be given at least 30 minutes of the bench as I think he could play a key role against Madrid 48 hours later, I would also try and get Wanyama or Dembele 5 minutes off the bench just to see how they go, however should either midfielders condition deteriorate over coming days the intelligent decision on Poch’s behalf would be to leave them out. Similarly for the crucial clash against Madrid, my eleven would be.

Lloris

Aurier Alderweireld Sanchez Vertonghen Davies

Dembele (if fit) Wanyama (if fit) or Dier and Sissoko

Eriksen Kane Son

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7 COMMENTS

    • Indeed HH, Dele is banned for the Madrid game.Not only that but Saturday 14th – Tuesday 17th is THREE days or 72 hours NOT two days or 48 hours, The article writer can't even count never mind get his facts right!

  1. You need to do your working out again – Dele is suspended for the Madrid away game, so there's no point in resting him in the Bournemouth game. It would make more sense for Dele to play in the first game and rest Son for Madrid.

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