Graphic: Why Mauricio Pochettino should select this Tottenham XI versus Leicester

Pre Kick Off

Leicester City host Tottenham Hotspur this coming weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur’s third game of the season sees Mauricio Pochettino’s men head to the Midlands in order to take on an in-from Leicester City side.

Spurs have begun the campaign in frustrating fashion, being edged 1-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford before squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Stoke City.

During their last outing against Stoke, Pochettino’s side were too brittle in midfield and against a pacy Leicester City side they will need to offer their defence more protection off the ball.

Back five:

With Danny Rose now seemingly 100% fit, Spurs’ first-choice left-back should come back into the side ahead of Ben Davies despite the former Swansea City man’s solid start to the campaign.

Kyle Walker is a must at right-back as his pace will be important against Leicester wingers Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy who are both comfortable operating on either flank.

Midfield trio:

Pochettino tends to favour a 4-2-3-1 formation but his side are struggling in the middle, with Stoke’s creative midfielder Stephen Ireland finding all sorts of space last weekend.

Eric Dier is versatile and proved he can play as a holding midfielder, yet he needs help with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb starting the season with mediocre performances.

Against Leicester, the more defensive-minded Bentaleb should come in alongside Dier while Christian Eriksen ought to play deeper, allowing Spurs to be more compact off the ball.

Attacking trio:

Tottenham lacking options upfront is an understatement. England international Harry Kane has so far been left a bit isolated through the middle, and he needs far better service from the wider positions.

Nacer Chadli is ideal on the left, and Pochettino should deeply consider throwing in new signing Clinton N’Jie alongside Kane but in a wider role instead of the slightly predictable Mousa Dembele.

Spurs’ new Cameroon international might be a bit raw, yet his pace and dribbling ability is exactly what his new side need in the wide areas. Fitness providing, an away game without all the media attention could be the ideal encounter to hand the 22-year-old his official debut.

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