As a respectable debut season with Tottenham Hotspur draws to an end, Mauricio Pochettino can now look to next term and who he should consider building his team around in preparation for the summer transfer window.
The most exciting aspect of Tottenham’s season has without question been the progress of their youth players and their potential to not only compete for a place in the Champions League in the future, but maybe even a Premier League title.
If they are to do that next season then Pochettino should consider building a side around a regular midfield trio, as Jose Mourinho has at Chelsea, and allowing them to learn each other’s game in order to improve as a team.
We take a look at three midfielders who we believe are perfect for the role, and should be in Pochettino’s plans heading into next season.
Defensive midfielder - Nabil Bentaleb
Although Harry Kane has stolen many of the headlines this season, few will argue against the fact that the progression and impact of Bentaleb has been just as important at the base of their midfield.
The 20-year-old has helped Spurs average a point return of 1.9 per game this season when he has played, an average which would see the North London side pick up 72 points over the course of the season if he played every game.
He is clearly a huge talent with a big future and if the Argentinian boss can get more out of him then he could become one of the best players in that position, not only in the Premier League, but in the world.
Central midfielder – Alex Pritchard
Although he hasn’t played much in a central midfield role, he clearly has the work-rate, stamina and ability to succeed in that position at the highest level.
He has arguably been Brentford’s key man this season and his impact on the Championship has left a number of opposition supporters in awe of his ability.
Pochettino will need to throw caution to the wind in order to get him in the side initially. However, if he gets the chance then few will be surprised if he becomes a roaring success.
Attacking midfielder – Christian Eriksen
The 23-year-old has been a revelation since he signed for Spurs in 2013 and if not for Kane’s outstanding form then he may well have won back-to-back Player of Year awards.
He will no doubt continue to play a huge role for Spurs next season, barring any transfer move away from White Hart Lane, and could once again be the star of the show as Tottenham look to make a much more substantial push for Champions League football.