Three Spurs players that must impress on US Tour

Tottenham Hotspur start their pre-season campaign in the USA for a three-game tour against MLS sides and these three Spurs stars must impress...

Mauricio Pochettino will take charge of his first game as manager of Spurs on Saturday night when Tottenham face Seattle Sounders in what will be a tricky pre-season opener.

The Sounders are flying in Major League Soccer this season, and the MLS clubs are just halfway through their season so all will be very sharp for the visit of The Lilywhites.

Toronto FC and Chicago Fire will also face Spurs on the tour and Pochettino will have the chance to instill his tactics into the side as the players all look to impress the new boss.

These three Spurs men must make sure that they leave the Argentinian coach with something to think about when the squad returns home in under a fortnight:

Erik Lamela

The Argentine winger joined last summer for a club-record transfer fee to replace Gareth Bale but never got up and running last season as injuries and failure to settle into life in England all but ruined his campaign.

Lamela now has a chance to force his way into the Spurs side under fellow Argentine Pochettino, and will need to put in some eye-catching performances on the tour to give the manager and fans something to really look forward to come the start of the new season.

The 22-year-old only made nine Premier League appearances last term, but if he can reproduce the form he showed at AS Roma and start to improve under the guidance of Pochettino, Spurs will have the star they thought they had signed 12 months ago.

Kyle Naughton

The right-back played 27 times for Spurs last season - the most appearances in five years at the club, as he filled in for Kyle Walker for much of the second-half of the season.

Walker has been struggling with a pelvic injury that ruled him out of the World Cup and with his fitness an ongoing concern, Naughton has the chance to impress the new manager and has already revealed how he can't wait to put the new philosophies into practice on the tour.

“When you get a new manager you can't really get used to playing his style unless it’s in a realistic game situation, so that will be one of the main things to get out of the tour,” Naughton told the club's official website.

Lewis Holtby

The 23-year-old midfielder is a fan-favourite at the club despite the fact that he has yet to nail down a regular starting berth in the side, and the pre-season tour is a great chance for the German midfielder to impress.

Holtby was on loan at Fulham for the end of the last campaign, and regular first-team football in the Premier League will have only helped his development.

He is a hard-working midfielder that will fight for his team - something that ticks several of Pochettino's boxes, and he could opt to try Holtby in a position similar to that which Adam Lallana played in for The Saints so successfully last season.

With so much competition in the midfield area, the promising midfielder must make an impression in the three games and prove that now is his time to shine.

Many will expect Spurs to stroll to victory against the three MLS sides this month, but the quality of football played in America is constantly rising, and their World Cup showing only amplified that.

The three fixtures will prove to be tricky, but this will set the Spurs squad up well for the new season which gets underway in less than a month, and they will certainly be able to work on their fitness against some hard-working sides.

Pochettino will need every player to be in great shape for the new campaign and the US Tour is a perfect chance for that, while the team can gel together too.

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