Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told Football.London that he expects to have ‘two attacking players’ on the bench against West Ham United.
Spurs drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Friday night, as Steven Bergwijn’s opener was cancelled out by a late Bruno Fernandes penalty.
The way Tottenham faded in the second half was concerning, even with the caveat of it being their first game back from the three-month, pandemic-induced break.
Tottenham certainly ran out of steam going forward, but Jose Mourinho didn’t make any changes to his side in attack as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min worked away fruitlessly.
Mourinho’s hands were tied to a degree; Dele Alli was serving a one-match suspension, whilst Lucas Moura was a surprise absence with an injury.
Still, progressive midfielder Tanguy Ndombele remained an unused substitute. The Frenchman could provided a little more impetus going forward, yet Mourinho didn’t bring him on.
Now, Mourinho has hinted that Alli and Moura will be back to face West Ham United, suggesting that he expects to have two attacking players on the bench ‘if everything goes well’, so he will have options to change the flow of the game against the Hammers.
“I think against West Ham in the next match if everything goes well, I expect to have two attacking players on the bench that can give me the opportunity to change the intensity when the intensity goes down,” said Mourinho.
Alli returning to the lineup would allow Erik Lamela to drop to the bench, though it may be ambitious to think that Moura could start having missed out on Friday.