Potential Spurs line-up for next season after Toronto win

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We look at who Mauricio Pochettino would start with against West Ham - taking into account the club's two pre-season friendlies against Seattle and Toronto.

With Tottenham having completed their first two pre-season friendlies, Mauricio Pochettino's first two games in charge, below we speculate what sort of side the Argentine will put together for his first Premier League game at Upton Park on August 16th, on account of the two games thus far and also the players yet to return to the squad following injury and World Cup duty.

This is only a speculative prediction, and a lot could change once the likes of Lloris, Dembele, Vertonghen and Paulinho all train under the former Southampton boss, taking in their own friendly action.

But the tour has already shown several areas the club need to improve in, as well as put forward a couple of players that have immediately performed for Pochettino. 

GK - Hugo Lloris: The Frenchman remains the undisputed first choice at White Hart Lane despite the recruitment of a deputy of great quality in Michel Vorm. 

DR - Kyle Walker: Will also still be first choice come the game against West Ham, especially if he can build up his fitness for the rest of pre-season. Kyle Naughton has failed to prove that he is a stronger alternative.

DC - Younes Kaboul: Though Kaboul struggled last season, the Frenchman should be much stronger if he can make it through pre-season and into the start of the campaign without picking up anymore niggling injuries. Michael Dawson is doing little to suggest his poor form is coming to an end while Kaboul has looked decent in the two friendlies so far.

DC - Jan Vertonghen: Unless Barcelona come in with a bumper offer, the Belgian star is very likely to be at the club come the closing of the transfer window. An on form Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in the league, and Pochettino will be hoping the former Ajax man will be back to his best for his third season at White Hart Lane.

DL - Ben Davies: Brought in to be first choice left back, how he will do up until the first few Premier League games will indicate how much distance there is between the former Swansea man and Danny Rose, but the young Welshman is likely to prove himself a great signing this season.

MC - Lewis Holtby: The most impressive performer so far in the tour, Holtby has really shone in both his games, and by today's reckoning should have done enough to steal a start in the highly competitive central midfield position.

MC - Mousa Dembele: The second central midfield spot will have plenty of players trying to get in, we've got Dembele ahead of Paulinho given the Brazilian's poor form at the World Cup. It is very possible Pochettino will go with Sandro or Etienne Capoue if he insists on selecting a more natural defensive option.

AMR - Andros Townsend: Townsend's selection may be equally as tough to call, and controversial given his mixed performances so far against Seattle and Toronto, but his late winner in Canada, a superb right foot strike, was an example of what he can do when he makes the correct decisions, and may see him edge out Aaron Lennon. If Lamela features from the right to accommodate another central midfielder, expect Townsend to drop out.

AML - Christian Eriksen: One of Tottenham's best players last season, Eriksen proved he can play off the left, and unless another winger is brought in to play that role before the transfer window closes it is very possible he'll start from that spot again next season.

AMC - Erik Lamela: Was excellent against Toronto playing behind the frontman, though he did interchange regularly with the other attacking midfielders. The Argentine's two goals hinted at a return to confidence for the 22-year-old, and Pochettino's job will surely be to get the most out of him whether he plays the number ten role or out wide.

ST - Emmanuel Adebayor: Adebayor was the club's top scorer last season and by far their most impressive  striker, despite only playing half a season. It will be interesting to see how he performs under Pochettino, but with both Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane putting in decent if unspectacular performances against MLS opposition, it's difficult to see them stealing the Togo international's spot by the start of new campaign.

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