Three players who'll be looking to impress in Spurs’ Europa League opener

With competition for places fierce at Tottenham again this year, there is a big emphasis on players impressing when they get the chance.

Fresh from their opening day win at London rivals West Ham, Tottenham will this week be heading out to Cyprus to take part in their Europa League playoff game with AEL Limassol.

While a trip to the Mediterranean might seem like the perfect summer holiday to some, several Spurs players are set to be given their first game time of the season as Mauricio Pochettino rotates his squad.

Below we pick three players that will be hoping to get the chance to impress on Thursday night, all of whom have something to prove ahead of next Sunday's home game with QPR: 

Roberto Soldado - The Spaniard was an unused substitute in Tottenham's opening game with West Ham, and it may have been some surprise that Pochettino turned to young English forward Harry Kane instead of the former Valencia star once he substituted the tiring Emmanuel Adebayor. Kane went on to set up Eric Dier's winner with a deft through ball, and Soldado will now fear that he could be third choice up front. An impressive, goal-laden performance in the club's first Europa League fixture should see him back in contention for the North Londoners.

Ben Davies - Tottenham's new signing will likely make his first appearance for Spurs in the Europa League clash. Having joined from Swansea for around £10 million the Welshman may have thought he would start the season as first choice for Pochettino, only for Danny Rose, who had done well in preseason friendlies after Davies' arrival, to line up against West Ham. The 24-year-old had a tough game against Stewart Downing at Upton park, and Davies will feel that if he can impress away to Limassol he will be in with a chance of starting against QPR.

Paulinho - With central midfield one of the most contested positions in the Spurs squad, the likes of Paulinho, Moussa Dembele and Sandro all have some work to do to force their way back into their manager's plans. Paulinho especially was disappointing during his side's World Cup campaign, despite getting plenty of minutes. With many supporters unconvinced with his debut season, the former Corinthians player, alongside other teammates that came back from Brazil late, will have to do the most with the opportunities they are given at the beginning of the season. This first month will likely see them all eased back into the first team, so there will be a big emphasis on catching the eye in Cyprus.

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