Pochettino reveals four names who may feature at right-back this season

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Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino, has always been a fan of rotating his squads throughout a season, especially in the full-back areas.

The mind tends to drift back to the season in which Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, and Ben Davies would rotate like a well-oiled machine.

Poch has certainly favoured rotation at right-back this season but he may have run out of oil so far, with some below-par performances from his starting players.

Kyle Walker-Peters started the first three Premier League matches, before picking up an injury. Davinson Sanchez then covered at right-back, but struggled to convert from his central background.

Serge Aurier eventually earned a call-up back into the starting XI and put in some superb displays against Palace and Leicester, but then saw red against Southampton. This meant that Moussa Sissoko was forced to cover for about an hour on Saturday.

Poch has now revealed that these four may continue to rotate as he will not change the way he selects his team this season.

Perhaps Juan Foyth may also join the list once he is back to fitness, but his name was not mentioned by the manager.

Poch said (Football London): “If you go back to my first season, who was my first right-back? Naughton. Dier finished because Naughton was sent off and he scored in the last minute. That season we played, Naughton Dier, Chiricheș, Walker, and maybe another. All my single seasons were similar to this season. Now it’s Kyle Walker-Peters, Serge Aurier, Davinson, now in this type of circumstance, it was Moussa finishing there for the last hour of the game but we were working always in a similar circumstance.

“It’s not going to change this season. That’s why I’m very optimistic and very positive. This is not new for us. What is new for the club is like you said to Jan, seven years ago, we were playing Panathinaikos, Maribor in the Europa League but now, for the fourth season in a row, we are playing Champions League and playing Barcelona, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid or Manchester City. That change a lot. This type of circumstances change a lot for the club but my circumstances, poor circumstances, didn’t change from five years ago to today.”

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