Tottenham Hotspur take on Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s fourth game of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign sees Roberto Martinez’s fluid Everton side visit White Hart Lane looking to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester City.
The Toffees have only collected four points so far this season but they’ve performed well, especially during the resounding 3-0 victory over Southampton on their last trip to the south.
While four goals conceded in three matches isn’t disastrous, Spurs have looked edgy at the back and big-money signing Toby Alderweireld, to some degree, hasn’t yet been as influential as expected.
With Danny Rose seemingly fit, the talented left-back should come in for the more reserved Ben Davies while new signing Kieran Trippier must be itching for a start ahead of Kyle Walker.
The former Burnley man was the most creative right-back in the league last season, and with Everton minus Leighton Baines, it’s a great opportunity for him to play and get forward.
Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentelab’s early season woes have caused Pochettino a problem. A new central midfield signing should have been one of the priorities this summer, yet it has eluded Spurs.
The versatile Eric Dier has done well when called upon, though that’s not exactly his best position. Against Everton, Mousa Dembele ought to be paired alongside him to add a bit more physical strength.
The Belgium international is predominantly a central midfielder, yet he’s been played further forward and arguably out of position so far. He is big, powerful and assured - ideal in the middle.
More dilemmas for Pochettino. Erik Lamela hasn’t performed too well, new signing Clinton N’Jie hasn’t had much of a pre-season and Spurs were hampered by the injury to Christian Eriksen last weekend.
In wide areas, the team lacks a player with pace, dribbling ability and directness. Alex Pritchard has all of those qualities, and surely it’s only a matter of time before he’s given a chance to play.
Nacer Chadli keeps his place on the left, and providing he’s fit, Eriksen must come into the middle where he is undoubtedly more effective, especially in his link-up play with Harry Kane.
Tottenham’s top scorer from last season has barely had a sniff in his opening three matches, but his talent is clear and his link-up play will be important against an Everton side who will look to dominate the ball.