Tottenham Hotspur may be fully focused on their Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade, but soon after comes a return to Premier League action with a match against West Bromwich Albion.
Spurs have started life under Mauricio Pochettino relatively well – a heavy defeat to Liverpool the only low point to date – but they will want to get back to winning ways after conceding a late equaliser against Sunderland last weekend.
As for West Brom, two points from their opening four matches is simply not good enough and Alan Irvine’s side will have to fight hard for any kind of reward against an impressive Tottenham side.
Here we take a look at three Spurs players with something to prove against the Baggies:
The Spanish international has a 75 per cent chance of playing this weekend following a neck injury and if he does so – either from the start or from the bench – he will want to get a goal to kick-start what he will hope is a fine season.
That certainly was not the case in his debut campaign, and with talk of a possible new front-man arriving in January, the Spaniard will know he only has so long to impress his new boss.
A summer signing from Montpellier, Benjamin Stambouli made his Tottenham debut in last weekend’s draw against Sunderland. In just 20 minutes, the defensive midfielder impressed by winning more tackles (four) than any other Tottenham player aside from Mouse Dembele (who achieved the same amount in 70 additional minutes).
In short, Stambouli deserves a starting spot and he is likely to get it on Sunday. If so, he will want to prove he deserves to stay there in the face of plenty of competition in the Tottenham midfield.
Speaking of which, Dembele impressed against the Black Cats and deserves a prolonged run in the side. If Stambouli starts that would mean Etienne Capoue dropping to the bench, but if Dembele plays against the Baggies he will want to prove to Pochettino that he can get back to his absolute best and form a new midfield partnership with Stambouli.