Stumbling out of the gates has been a reoccurring theme for quite some time with Tottenham with this season being no exception. The play of some players has been quite good (Dier and Mason) while others have struggled (Lamela and Bentaleb). There are a few other names I could’ve included for both sides of the equation. Unlike Spurs, Leicester City has enjoyed a good start to the season and will look to keep it going at home against us. Below is the starting eleven I believe should be put out at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Probably the most obvious selection in the side, Hugo did in fact have a good game against Stoke in his season debut as he made multiple saves in close on Diouf. Neither of the goals were his fault as he will look to continue his good form this weekend.
Right Back: Kieran Trippier
I am a big fan of both our right-backs and Kyle Walker has been terribly unlucky in both of his appearances this season. Against Manchester United, he gave great effort to close down Wayne Rooney on the own goal and he had Ashley Young in his pocket for virtually the whole match. Last week he had the inconvenience of having Erik Lamela in front of him while on a yellow last week for much of the second half. It was a disaster waiting to happen in truth and again no blame to Kyle Walker because he was left isolated. I believe Trippier should start because he would be a different dynamic for the side, as he would provide better service for the men up front as well as a little bit more sturdiness at the back. He also seems to be more poised on the ball. Kieran Trippier will look to make his first start for Tottenham this season on Saturday.
Center Backs: Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen
Until Alderweireld gave away the 78th minute penalty, there were encouraging signs from the partnership last week. They were both so in tune with one another that they both switched off after the penalty was conceded. The weakness that was exposed last week with these two was Diouf was bossing them around in the air. However, come the second half there were far more balls that were being played into threatening areas which was more indicative of other players not stopping the supply. Either way, both Belgians will continue their partnership into week 3.
Left Back: Ben Davies
Ben Davies has been another good player thus far for Spurs this season. He has been lively on the attack and pretty solid at the back as well. The assist on Chadli’s goal was a beautiful ball and regardless of Danny Rose’s health, I’d find it hard to keep an in form Ben Davies on the bench.
Central Defensive-Midfield: Ryan Mason and Eric Dier
After last week’s performance, it would not surprise me if Ryan Mason was the first name on the team sheet. Every aspect of his game last week was brilliant and he could have had two goals to show for it. He looks a better player already then last season, which would certainly see him in a starting role on a consistent basis. Eric Dier has been one of Tottenham’s best players to this point. He has been a rock in front of the back four and has a goal to show for it. He looks comfortable in the new defensive midfield role just given to him and it wouldn’t surprise me if he becomes a regular in the position.
Attacking Midfield: Mousa Dembele
There really aren’t too many choices for this spot. Erik Lamela has been awful so far and there is no way to include him in a side that needs to get the three points this weekend. Mousa Dembele is the obvious choice for the starting role here and that is not to take anything away from his fine start to the season, but everyone was hoping that Lamela would step up and force his way into the team since he is the better talent. Dembele was good last week and there was no way that he would be left out at Leicester.
Attacking Midfield: Christian Eriksen
It can’t be anyone else. He was an excellent supplier for the men up front last game with a perfect ball for Chadli to run into as well as a few other key passes. Eriksen has started the season decently but will undoubtedly be featured behind Harry Kane (assuming he is good to go).
Attacking Midfield: Nacer Chadli
Chadli was brilliant last game right up until he was put up front after Kane was taken off. He was lively with his runs and the goal was brilliant as well and he will continue to be in the first team.
Striker: Harry Kane
He should be ready to go Saturday against Leicester. He hasn’t scored yet this year but an area that he has improved has been in his distribution off the ball. In both games thus far he has opened up defenses with passing since they are so quick to shut him down. If he continues to distribute well, he will begin to have defenses worried about his passing as much as his scoring which could lead to the goals coming often for Harry Kane.
This is the starting eleven I think should be played at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
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