Three changes that could fire Spurs to victory against Crystal Palace

Tottenham's Vincent Janssen

Mauricio Pochettino should consider mixing up his side when Tottenham Hotspur host the Eagles at the weekend.

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with Everton's Phil JagielkaTottenham's Harry Kane in action with Everton's Phil Jagielka

With Tottenham Hotspur struggling to offer much of an attacking threat in the first half of last weekend's 1-1 draw against Everton, we consider three personnel changes Mauricio Pochettino could make to ensure the North Londoners come out of the blocks with attacking impetus in the upcoming derby against Crystal Palace:

Harry Winks

Tottenham looked slow at linking midfield to attack in the first half against Everton, and a major reason for this was the presence of two defensive players in the middle of the park in Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.

Tottenham's Harry WinksTottenham's Harry Winks


It may be a risky selection, but if Pochettino wishes to persevere with the formation that served Spurs so well last season, he should consider giving Harry Winks his league debut alongside one of the aforementioned players. 20-year-old Winks looked really impressive in each of his preseason appearances, and seems to have bulked up significantly since last year. He possesses the passing range and forward thinking instinct that was missing early on at Goodison Park, something that will be vital against a Palace side sure to sit back at White Hart Lane.

Vincent Janssen

Arguably the most appropriate tactical change would be for Pochettino to drop one of his two defensive midfielders and instead bring in another attacker in Janssen, switching the formation to 4-4-2 with Kane playing in the number ten role.

Tottenham's Vincent JanssenTottenham's Vincent Janssen


The Dutch international helped swing the match in Tottenham's favour after he appeared from the bench against Everton, and if Pochettino was considering properly trialling the formation, then the game against Palace will be a good opportunity. Janssen showed good link up play on his debut, as well as great strength and work rate, and helped open up space for the likes of Erik Lamela.

Heung-Min Son

With South Korea exiting the Olympics last weekend, Tottenham's absent attacking midfielder Heung-Min Son may be rushed back to North London in order to strengthen the squad.

Son should be one of the most match fit players after featuring in four competitive matches already in the last couple of weeks, and the 24-year-old was impressive in last season's win over the Eagles at White Hart Lane, where he scored his first goal for the club. Son could also come in for a central midfielder, allowing Eriksen to move inside, or could even come in for the Dane after his disappointing performance at Goodison Park.

Tottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul NiguezTottenham's Heung Min Son in action with Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez

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