4-2-3-1: Tottenham’s Best XI with window shut – just 1 newcomer starts

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham were one of those clubs who had lots of money still to spend on the last day of the window. And spend it they did with the £29.75m transfer of Moussa Sissoko to further strengthen a midfield which already boasts Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and fellow new signing Victor Wanyama.

Tottenham do now seem overloaded in there and perhaps we are likely to see a 4-3-3 from this point. An alternative theory is that, in a fiercely competitive market, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has simply bought the best players that he can get his hands on, with less emphasis in their playing position.

Unless Eriksen or Alli is sacrificed then two of those four midfielders will have to sit out lots of games.

It’s a fascinating conundrum but, despite wildly varying opinions about the Frenchman, we are fans of Sissoko. He brings power and more drive to the midfield than either Dier or Wanyama offer. He can also operate in a more advanced position and wider if necessary.

Vincent Janssen also looks like a good purchase and has done himself no harm at all with a couple of all-action displays for Spurs already this season. But he may have to be patient too at this stage.

With a settled defence Tottenham have a wonderful platform to kick on this season and we will also monitor the form of young winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou with great interest.

With all that in mind, here is TFF’s strongest Spurs XI with the window now closed. Tottenham fans: your thoughts?

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  1. I’d still have Eriksen ahead of Sissoko. But then it’s about the squad, and it’s interesting to
    see how Sissoko, Janssen, Wanyama etc. will shape up. If there’s one thing I’d have done, as a Spurs ‘scout/employee’, in the past couple of years, is seek out and home in on a genuine Modric replacement, because a deep lying creative midfielder is imperative for us in freeing up the talent in the team and space on the pitch. But you can’t have everything, and maybe our mix of midfield talent will more than make up for that obvious vacuum.
    So now it’s down to Poch’s management achieving the best balance for us …and don’t forget, although people are talking about how disappointed they are with Spurs’ targets in this transfer market, we do have a lot of huge young talent who ‘still’ haven’t reached their full potential. And in that I include Alli, Kane, Lamela and Dier. The future looks good despite the ’empire fighting back’ in the form of Man Ure, Citeh and Chelski.

  2. Lloris (Lopez)
    Walker Toby Jan Rose (Wimmer, Trippier, Davies)
    Dembele Dier (Wanyama)
    Lamela Eriksen Ali (N’Koudou, Sissoko, Son)
    Kane (Janssen)

    To me our team doesn’t change with the transfers we’ve made, I’ve been very impressed with Janssen, at least he gives us something different when he comes on, I’m hoping that N’Koudou will be our Lennon, 60 minute sub that destroys defenses when they’re frail. I can see a use for Sissoko in the more physical games where Eriksen sometimes gets lost, but our starting XI is our starting XI. I really think we should have signed another creative that could challenge Eriksen, because if he has an off game, which has been happening so far this season, maybe due to contract talks, there’s no one else that can replace him. Still think our squad is capable of doing a job this year, especially with Dembele back, he’s the centre of everything in my opinion.

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