Three Spurs players that may have played their way into starting XI vs Everton

Aaron Lennon

The recent Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade saw a trio of formally out of favour stars impress.

One good thing about rotating players between league and cup fixtures is that individuals that come in can prove they deserve a regular starting role for those key fixtures - whatever the competition is. And against Partizan on Thursday night, Mauricio Pochettino would have learnt a few interesting things about his squad.

Though the first half against Partizan wasn't anything to write home about, the second period was a much improved affair, and it was notable that a couple of players that have been on the fringes of Pochettino's Premier League stood up and put forward strong performances.

With a home game against Everton coming on Sunday, below we list three that may hope to have played their way into the starting line up for the North Londoners.

Benjamin Stambouli - The former Montpellier man had his best game for Spurs since joining this summer, looking very capable bringing the ball forward even if he didn't protect the back four as well as he could have at times. Stambouli followed up on Roberto Soldado's effort to score the winner in the Europa League tie, and could have had a second before opting to square for Erik Lamela. With Etienne Capoue carrying a knock recently, and flattering to deceive somewhat when he was on the field, it may mean Stambouli finally makes his first Premier League start against the Toffees.

Aaron Lennon - Somewhat of a forgotten man this season, Lennon emphasised something missing for Spurs in recent weeks, providing a genuine threat from out wide while he was on the right wing and displaying quick feet and neat reverse passes for his strikers when coming in off the left. Unlike Lamela who likes to show off his skills, Lennon is often eager to get into danger areas as quickly as possible. If he stays fit and can build up a bit more form, the England international is well worth a starting role on the right hand side.

Vlad Chiriches - The Romanian looked as good as out of White Hart Lane but this time last week, but a strong substitute performance at right back in the comeback win at Hull, followed by a reasonably accomplished performance in the centre of defence against Partizan showed that it may yet be too soon for Spurs to cut their losses with the 25-year-old. Chiriches could get a chance at right back against Everton, with Kyle Naughton still suspended.

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