Stambouli back - no Walker: Is this Tottenham’s best XI right now?

A look at what could be Tottenham Hotspur's best starting XI.

With eight games to go of the Premier League season, Spurs sit six points off fourth in the table and still have to face Manchester City (although the rest of their run-in is far from impossible).

Considering the form of Manchester United, Arsenal - and perhaps even Liverpool - Mauricio Pochettino’s men certainly face an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League.

And Tottenham simply won’t do it by conceding three goals a game, something they’ve done twice in a row recently.

To stop his side’s defensive woes, Pochettino surely needs change; he appears to have settled on an XI and a system right now with obvious flaws.

At right-back, something has got to give. Kyle Walker has been in considerably poor form of late and Spurs may even be better off sticking a centre-back out right in Eric Dier. Dier, too, is currently struggling and a defensive shake-up could well solve a few problems - even if that means restoring an underwhelming Federico Fazio to the starting XI. After all, the north London side did pay good money for him last summer…

In midfield, Tottenham haven’t been giving their back four enough protection. Tough-tackler Benjamin Stambouli may be the answer. Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela, meanwhile, should be the subject of severe scrutiny from Pochettino.

Is this Spurs’ best XI right now?

Lloris, Rose, Vertonghen, Fazio, Dier, Stambouli, Mason, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane.

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