Opinion: This is the strongest Tottenham XI Ange Postecoglou can name

Ange Postecoglou may be well past the halfway mark in his first season in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, but he arguably still hasn’t named his strongest possible XI.

Rodrigo Bentancur was out for the first half of the season, while James Maddison, Micky Van de Ven and others have spent periods on the treatment table.

Heung-min Son, Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma were all also away for international duty, and Destiny Udogie and Pedro Porro picked up knocks of their own last week.

But who would make Postecoglou’s strongest XI if everyone was injury-free?

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Tottenham Hotspur’s strongest line-up

Guglielmo Vicario starts between the sticks, of course. He has been a revelation for the Lilywhites since joining from Empoli. Porro and Udogie have also enjoyed stellar campaigns, as they line up either side of a Cristian Romero and Micky Van de Ven back two. No surprises there.

In midfield, no one has played the pivot role better than Yves Bissouma in those first 10 matches of the campaign. If he can get back to those levels, he walks into any Tottenham XI.

Pape Matar Sarr has been the epitome of a Postecoglou midfielder so far this season, full of running and pressing, but also immense quality with the ball at his feet. James Maddison is obviously the creator-in-chief, no matter how many different line-ups you create.

Rodrigo Bentancur may be back, but it may take until next season for him to truly recreate his peak Tottenham performances, such was the extent of his injuries. He doesn’t look quite at it right now, but that is to be expected.

Up front, there are so many options, but we have gone for Heung-min Son leading the line. Spurs have looked at their best with Sonny as the main striker and his goals certainly prove that.

Dejan Kulusevski has also been a creative force, while Brennan Johnson has proved useful off the bench, so the right side of attack picks itself for now.

On the left, you could pick any one of four players. However, some of the runs Timo Werner has been making would have created goal after goal in the early weeks of the season when Maddison and Son were at their creative best, so I would love to see him get a run in the side down the left wing.

What do you think Tottenham’s best-possible XI is?

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