Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino showed guts to make four changes to his team for the win against West Brom, but it was a decision which paid off.
Pochettino would have been wrestling with the decision of whether to make many alterations to his team because confidence would have been sky high after the team secured their place in the League Cup final against Chelsea.
Three of the four changes the boss made came in his backline, with Hugo Lloris returning in goal while Federico Fazio and Danny Rose resumed their places in the back four.
Not many managers would have made so many changes to a defence, which showed guts and determination in the League Cup last week.
However, Pochettino judged it perfectly.
Lloris’ ability to be a world class performer at the back of the team doesn’t need to be sold while Fazio and Rose offered different positives.
Fazio injected some aggression in a difficult away environment and also gave the team strength in the air for when the Baggies tried to hit Tottenham over the top.
Ben Davies did nothing wrong against Sheffield United but Danny Rose’s return meant pace down the left hand side and a cutting edge from the first whistle.
Davies could have done a similar job, but fatigue would have set in quicker.
The defensive changes freshened up a backline which was tested thoroughly last week and the clean sheet is proof that Pochettino made the right call.
It’s important he shows the same intelligence and guts over the rest of the season when it comes to making changes for big games, which keep everyone on their toes and Tottenham performing at their best.