Opinion: The five senior Spurs players who are nailed on to start against Villa

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have now officially completed their pre-season schedule and the focus must now turn to Aston Villa on Saturday, the first match of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

Pochettino must now decide his starting XI for this opener at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a number of players doing themselves justice in pre-season.

Let’s take a look at five players who are nailed on the start the match:

Kyle Walker-Peters –

With the sale of Trippier, injury to Foyth, and lack of football for Aurier, Walker-Peters looks set to start the season as Tottenham’s first-choice right-back. It’s a good job that the 22-year-old has also enjoyed a great pre-season campaign and looks more and more at home with every passing game. He has a lot to learn at the back, but he has looked more than capable going forward.

Danny Rose –

Just like KWP, Danny Rose has little competition for the first-team spot at the moment, with Ben Davies yet to appear in pre-season. However, since rejoining the squad for the Audi Cup, Danny Rose has looked mightily impressive and it begs the question why anyone would want to get rid of him. Still one of the best left-backs in the league in my opinion.

Lucas Moura –

Three goals in pre-season, including another superb strike against Inter Milan today, Lucas Moura looks ready and raring to go. With Heung Min Son banned for the first two games of the season, Poch will surely look to Moura to provide width, pace, and dribbling ability. I think it is going to be a big season for this man.

Harry Kane –

Although he was quiet today, I have never seen Harry Kane look as fit as he does right now. He has slimmed down, he has bulked up his muscle, and his halfway line screamer against Juve shows that he is ready for business!

Erik Lamela –

With Eriksen faltering, Erik Lamela has stepped up this pre-season and shown Spurs what they have been missing over his injury-riddled career. With a couple of goals and an assist to his name over the past month, as well as a mighty work rate, Lamela would be a sure starter for me against Villa.

Honourable mentions:

Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, and Tanguy Ndombele – although it remains to be seen whether Poch will go for all three or some combination of two.

Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld – I would assume these two will start the campaign as a two, but you never know if Poch might throw Sanchez into the mix.

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