The tactical switch Pochettino must make ahead of crucial week for Spurs

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been experimenting with his starting line-up of late - achieving little success.

A key feature during Tottenham's 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday afternoon was a lack of potency out wide.

Erik Lamela struggled down the left - a surprise choice there in the first place - while Andros Townsend once again failed to live up to expectations down the right.

Both proved poor picks and, during the most important period of Tottenham's season, boss Mauricio Pochettino is showing signs of cracking under the pressure. The Argentine didn't pick a full first-choice team against either Fiorentina or West Ham - and the north London side flattered to deceive during both clashes.

And, ahead of key clashes against Fiorentina (Thursday night) and the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea (Sunday afternoon) Spurs' left-hand side needs addressing.

Could the answer, though, be staring Pochettino in the face in the form of a tactical switch he has already tried this season (against Burnley in the FA Cup)?


Michelle says: Lamela on the left and Townsend on the right is a recipe for disaster. Townsend cannot handle two markers and it seems he never will while Lamela is just not used to playing on the left. He may become used to it but IMO he will be slow. I would have used Rose as a LW and Davies at LB


C.O.Y.S says: Why doesn't MP play Rose on the left wing, I think this would be a much better position for him. He has pace to take players on and has scored more goals than Soldado now, Rose/Chadli left, Dembele/Eriksen middle, Townsend/Lamela on the right.


As the above reader comments on a recent HITC Sport article suggest, Danny Rose could be the perfect answer to Tottenham's current lack of end product out wide.

  TeamFinal-Third EntriesAppearancesMinutes Played
Christian Eriksen Tottenham 182 26 2,124
Ryan Mason Tottenham 161 19 1,399
Danny Rose Tottenham 144 20 1,672
Nabil Bentaleb Tottenham 101 14 1,118

As Opta stats show, Rose has made 144 final-third entries this term, the third-highest tally of any Spurs player this season. That proves just how much the left-back likes to get forward - what Pochettino values most about the defender.

Defensively, however, no shortage of sides have exposed Rose's weaknesses. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all shown that, from a defensive viewpoint, the Tottenham man simply isn't up to it.

Although Ben Davies has been solid but unspectacular since arriving at White Hart Lane, he is a far better defender than Rose could ever be - based on the 24-year-old's current game.

So why not put Rose at left wing? He could have license to get forward, deliver crosses and even score goals - more than either Lamela or Townsend are capable of at the moment. Nacer Chadli should no doubt be Pochettino's first choice but, if the Belgian isn't in the position to start two games in a row this week (which could well be the case at the moment), Rose and Davies together could be the way to go.

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