Three Spurs stars Pochettino must turn to to stop the rot

Tottenham Hotspur have been well below par recently, leading to disaster at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

Mousa Dembele

Enough is enough; Tottenham fans have called for the Belgian's reintroduction for far too long now.

Yes, Mousa Dembele struggled for form earlier this season but even his poor form would be an improvement on the Ryan Mason - Nabil Bentaleb partnership at present. Plus, the midfielder has now looked promising during his recent outings as a substitute.

Just like with his formation, Mauricio Pochettino is proving extremely stubborn with his selection of personnel. That needs to stop.

Danny Rose

For a reason only he knows, Pochettino dropped Spurs' form player in Danny Rose against Stoke City. Maybe he was injured. Maybe they fell out.

Former Stoke winger Matthew Etherington believes it was a tactical decision. But, why ever it happened, the experiment must be nipped in the bud at once.

If Rose was not omitted due to fitness (he did make the bench, after all), the 24-year-old must return to the Tottenham line-up immediately. Dropping your best player (at the moment) is a sign of a manager who isn't quite sure of himself.

DeAndre Yedlin

Spurs' whole back four were out of position against Stoke. Jan Vertonghen struggled at left-back, Vlad Chiriches was woeful and Eric Dier had a bad game at right-back. Okay, Federico Fazio was in his natural position - but it doesn't really make a difference with him, does it?

Playing a natural right-back will sort that problem. It is the end of the season and Tottenham now have nothing to lose. So DeAndre Yedlin is the man for the north London side's last two games. He'll provide a spark for Spurs as a quick, young right-back and it will allow Dier to return to the middle (hopefully with Vertonghen and Rose alongside him).

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