Five squad players who Mauricio Pochettino must play for Tottenham against Anderlecht - including Wimmer and Carroll

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Spurs are blessed with considerable strength in depth, but that can mean certain players are overlooked: here are five who must be given a chance to shine.

On Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur play what is quite possibly the biggest game of their season to date. Monday night's 3-1 against Aston Villa at White Hart Lane saw Spurs extend their unbeaten run to 10 league matches, having last lost to Manchester United on the opening day of the season, but there are few top flight fixtures as difficult as Arsenal at the Emirates, and Tottenham's performance away from home will be the clearest indicator yet of the progress they have been making under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, before Spurs can turn their attention towards the north London derby, they have the small matter of a Europa League match against Belgian outfit Anderlecht to contend with. After a 2-1 defeat to the club in their last European match, which was preceded by a disappointing 1-1 draw in Monaco, it is looking likely that Tottenham will have to either secure one point or three if they are to keep their continental dreams alive.

Despite the pressure that surrounds this fixture, it is imperative that Pochettino rotates his squad with Sunday in mind. Spurs are blessed with considerable strength in depth, and the following five players should all be considered for midweek selection.

Ryan Mason

Such was his rapid rise last season, it is easy to forget that 24-year-old Ryan Mason only truly broke through into the Tottenham first team after hitting a stunning equalising goal against Nottingham Forest in September. Up until that point, Mason's future looked destined to be away from White Hart Lane, after loan spells at clubs including Yeovil, Millwall and Lorient.

However, Mason won a place in the starting Spurs XI alongside Nabil Bentaleb and was crucial in Tottenham's cup run and top-five finish. In the middle of the park, he made 51 interceptions and 48 clearances in 31 league appearances, and was essential in winning back the ball and recycling possession. This season, he finds his route to the first team blocked after returning from injury and finding Dele Alli and Eric Dier performing so highly. But both are young and it will ultimately prove hard for them to maintain such a high standard, so Mason must be kept match-fit and hungry.

Kevin Wimmer

Signed from FC Koln for a bargain price of £4.3m, according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham fans have seen remarkably little of Kevin Wimmer since the Austrian was prised away from the Bundesliga. That is, in part, because of the fantastic partnership formed by Belgian duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld (himself a summer signing), who have looked imperious at the back for Spurs so far and been so crucial in the club's enviable record, with only nine goals conceded in 11 top-flight games. With Spurs also well stocked at left back, where Vertonghen occasionally had to deputise last season, Wimmer will only get his chance for Tottenham if one of the Belgians succumbs to injury.

Fortunately, Wimmer is still young- he turns 23 in two weeks time- and will benefit greatly from slowly acclimatising to life at the Lane in the Europa League and FA Cup. He did grab himself a start in the League Cup against Arsenal, but was forced to mop up too many times for the error-strewn performance of Fazio to ever truly look comfortable.

Clinton N'Jie

The jury is firmly out on Clinton N'Jie. That the 22-year-old Cameroon international is fast is without question, as his numerous appearances in the league from off the bench have demonstrated. But his technique can occasionally let him down, and his composure on the ball can often mirror his playing style at large: fast, wholly erratic, and often maddening.

But his goalscoring record at a national team level is hard to ignore (seven goals in 13 appearances) and the winger performed admirably against Manchester City, helping to set up the fourth goal with an exquisite, inch-perfect cross hit whilst accelerating hard towards the by-line. He almost broke the deadlock against Liverpool too, after he hit a rasping shot towards goal which only just zipped over the top of the crossbar, after he was brought on to replace the injured Nacer Chadli. More game time should help to iron out the flaws in his game, and then he can compete for a place in the first-team.

Erik Lamela

Unlike the other names on this list, Erik Lamela is already a first-team regular under Mauricio Pochettino, and his performances this season have been exceptionally encouraging. Perhaps most exciting of all for Spurs fans are the tender indications that his confidence is returning, whether that be demonstrated in the calm manner in which he is now raking in the goals and assists (the right winger has scored as many goals this league season as he has in the previous two combined), or in the flashes of exuberant play which now brilliantly pepper his developing game.

And yet, there is still room for improvement. The old adage doesn't prove true with Lamela: he is not a foreign import too afraid to get stuck in, and his defensive contribution is the one element of his game which has remained consistently superb over the last three years. But he is still often guilty of poor spatial awareness, or of taking one touch too many when the simple ball would have sufficed. These deficiencies are only absolved through game-time. He is 23, and approaching his prime, and extremely fit. He is one player that Pochettino should not be afraid to run into the ground.

Tom Carroll

Tommy Carroll's place in the Tottenham set-up is something of a mystery. Of the same class as Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, and Nabil Bentaleb et al, Carroll has failed to break through in the same manner, and is frequently still stuck out on the sidelines. A loan spell at Swansea City was promising if not revelatory, and now he finds his place into the first team blocked by players including Christian Eriksen - who is one of the best performers in the league - as well as young upstarts in the form of Dele Alli and possibly even Alex Pritchard.

This season could be make or break for the diminutive 23-year-old. And, with a starting spot in a league match currently looking about as likely as a return to White Hart Lane for Tim Sherwood, Carroll needs to seize his opportunity in a cup match. The temperament is there, the support is there, but is the talent?

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