Three Tottenham selection dilemmas for Andre Villas-Boas vs Villa

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The north London side return to Premier League action with a trip to Villa Park on Sunday, and the Portuguese manager has a number of personnel decisions to make.

Tottenham will be keen to bounce back from the 3-0 home defeat they suffered against West Ham in their last outing when they take on Aston Villa on Sunday.

The north Londoners have bolstered their squad over the summer, and as such Andre Villas-Boas has a strong bank of players to select from on a weekly basis.

For the game against Villa, the former Porto manager will have a number of key decisions to make in his starting XI.

Roberto Soldado or Jermain Defoe

The Spain international has been signed at great expense over the summer, but is still settling into life at White Hart Lane. Soldado is yet to score from open play for his new side, despite netting two penalties early in the campaign.

Soldado was dropped for the game against West Ham, with an in-form Jermain Defoe preferred as the lone forward. The England international failed to convert a number of chances however, and seems to save his best performances for cup games.

With Spurs only scoring six times in the Premier League this term so far, it is up to these two to start to fire consistently if the side are to realise their ambitions of breaking back into the top four.

Gylfi Sigurdsson or Erik Lamela

Club record signing Erik Lamela has been eased into English football gently, and is yet to start a Premier League fixture this term. However, with the Argentine’s considerable abilities and the fee outlaid on him, it seems like only a matter of time before he is brought into the fold.

With Andros Townsend starring for England, the home-grown talent is almost certainly going to start on the right flank, and as such Lamela may need to deployed on the left. Gylfi Sigurdsson has made a solid start to the campaign, scoring three goals, but it feels like he may have to be sacrificed to give Lamela a much-needed start.

Danny Rose or Kyle Naughton

Left-back is still a problem area for Tottenham, as neither Rose or Naughton has inspired sufficient confidence in the Spurs support to be deemed as first choice in the position.

Rose should be fit to make a return if selected, after shaking off an injury. Naughton played in Spurs’ defeat to West Ham last time out and put in a solid performance. It remains to be seen who Villas-Boas prefers in the position.

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