Five Tottenham Hotspur players with a point to prove v Sunderland

Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado kicking off for Tottenham

A look at five Tottenham Hotspur players under the spotlight this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur face Sunderland this weekend at the Stadium of Light, and there will be big performances expected from a number of players.

Here is a look at five stars who will be under the spotlight this Saturday...

Christian Eriksen

Danish playmaker Eriksen was disappointing against Liverpool, completing just 79 per cent of his passes and substituted off after 59 minutes. At the weekend he spoke about his international performance, describing himself as lacking match sharpness. Spurs need him to get up to speed as soon as possible, as his no goals and no assists in three games is quite uncharacteristic.

Nabil Bentaleb

Another particularly disappointing performer in the 3-0 defeat was Algerian youngster Nabil Bentaleb. A favourite of former boss Tim Sherwood, his place in the side is suddenly no longer as certain, following the deadline day arrival of Benjamin Stambouli, and he may not even start against Sunderland. If he does, he is on notice, and may just have been given the incentive required to up his game.

Danny Rose

Danny Rose has been much-improved this season, even winning a call-up into the England squad. It was the arrival of Ben Davies which has seen him up his game, but the former Swansea star is keeping the pressure on, providing an impressive assist for ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale for Wales in midweek. Rose would be playing against his former loan side, and will be keen not to take a step back after earning recognition from Roy Hodgson.

Roberto Soldado/Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham fans had hoped the club would sign a striker on deadline day, which tells you all that needs to be said about the unpredictable senior forwards at the club already. Neither Soldado or Adebayor are certainties to start, and with the latter playing for Togo in midweek, the Spaniard could get the nod. The really deserving striker who should play is Harry Kane, who netted again for England under-21s on international duty, and continues to pile pressure on the pair.

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