Opinion: The Spurs starting XI that Mourinho should play most weeks

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In a time in which it seems increasingly likely that Jose Mourinho does not yet know his best XI, we wanted to take a look at the players we would like to see in the starting line-up most weeks.

Hugo Lloris

Not much explanation needed. Hugo’s only competition would theoretically be from Joe Hart. However, Hart is known for his errors and is not a better keeper than the World Cup winner.

Serge Aurier

After Matt Doherty’s underwhelming start to life at Spurs, Aurier has been in relatively good form. Only dropping a mistake every now and again, Serge has massively improved on last season’s campaign.

Japhet Tanganga

This is controversial. But following multiple errors from Alderweireld, Dier, and Sanchez, Tanganga is the most logical choice to slot into Spurs backline. Japhet is quick and reads the game well as he proved against Man City last week.

The academy product also plays for the badge, something missing from this Spurs side. Tanganga’s inexperience will surely be brought up but, as the youngster makes mistakes, he will no doubt learn from every one of them and continue to improve as a footballer.

Joe Rodon

After getting a short run of games in late January, Rodon has proved himself up to the task of the Premier League. Yes, the Welshman did make a mistake costing us a goal against Liverpool, but he is still learning and continuing to improve, similar to Tanganga.

The Welshman has been left out of the squad for a few matches now but must be reintroduced. Sanchez proved against Man City that he is not dependable, and Dier/Alderweireld have done the same in recent match weeks.

Sergio Reguilón

Spurs’ second-best signing of the summer, Reguilón has proved himself time and again for Spurs. The young Spaniard has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and has not looked out of place one bit. Out of the 20 games Reguilón has played in for Spurs, he has only lost three (transfermarkt).

Pierre Emile Højbjerg

Now, Spurs’ best signing of the summer. Højbjerg has revolutionized the Tottenham midfield. The Dane’s hard tackling and incredible reading of the game has allowed us to play more attacking midfielders like Ndombele without skipping a beat defensively.

Although the Dane has made a couple of mistakes in our last two games, he is still the club’s best holding midfielder by a mile.

Tanguy Ndombele

Similar to Aurier, Tanguy has massively improved since last season. His fitness is worlds better and so is his work rate. Incredible on the ball, Ndombele now just has to add consistent goals and assists to his game and he will be unstoppable.

Giovani Lo Celso

At the start of the season, it seemed as though Gio was going to be a key creative force, providing six-goal contributions in his first 18 appearances, more than he achieved all last season (transfermarkt).

However, Lo Celso has been hampered by injuries and has yet to play for the side since the 3-1 loss against Liverpool.

The Argentine could prove to be a vital player for us when he returns as we desperately need a hard-working attacking midfielder to play in front of Ndombele and Højbjerg.

Steven Bergwijn

I was tempted to put in Lamela following his strong recent performances, but I still believe Steven Bergwijn is our best right-winger. On his day he drives at defenders and can score from anywhere. Unfortunately, his dip in confidence has hampered his ability but once it comes back, he will be unplayable!

Harry Kane

There should be no explanation needed for this but Kane has once again added a level to his game this season as he has found himself a key creative force. Harry’s devotion to the club must be rewarded with a trophy soon or he may try to force a move.

Heung Min Son

No explanation should be needed for this either but Son is simply world-class and continues to improve every season. The South Korean has proved himself to be one of the best wingers in the world and has been critical to our success.

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