With games running out, why now is the right time for Tottenham Hotspur to give other players a first-team chance.
With little left to play for this season, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino may be wise to give some of his other players a chance to impress in their remaining two games.
After all, those tasked with getting a win against Stoke City last weekend failed miserably and there are plenty of talented players waiting in the wings for a first-team chance.
Of those, it is DeAndre Yedlin who is arguably most deserving of a chance to add to his solitary substitute appearance this season.
That 12-minute cameo against Aston Villa aside, the USA international has waited patiently on the bench, an unused substitute in Tottenham’s last four matches.
In the most recent two, against Manchester City and Stoke, Tottenham have lost twice, conceded four times and failed to score a goal.
In short, something needs to change and now is the perfect chance to give others the opportunity to prove they should be first-team regulars next season.
Alongside Yedlin, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Benjamin Stambouli are three other viable contenders to start ahead of Ryan Mason (whose form has dipped alarmingly in recent weeks) and Nabil Bentaleb (who is undoubtedly talented but could do with a rest of his own).
There are also some promising young players who would not embarrass themselves if given a chance but the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks et al may have to wait a little longer.