Mauricio Pochettino will take Tottenham to Prenton Park on Friday to face Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.
Following on from their disappointing home defeat to Wolves, Spurs secured a comfortable 3-0 victory away at Cardiff last Tuesday in the Premier League. The inconsistency of Pochettino’s Spurs has been somewhat of a concern but they can put their league worries aside for the weekend as they begin the journey to win their first FA Cup since 1991.
Here’s how they could lineup for Friday’s fixture.
1. Goalkeepers & Defenders
Paulo Gazzaniga (GK) – With Pochettino likely to rest key stars for the clash against League Two’s Tranmere Rovers, back-up goalkeeper Gazzaniga will be given his chance to impress.
Danny Rose (LB) – The left-back has found himself second string this season to Ben Davies and will likely captain the side, as he did against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Juan Foyth (CB) – Youngster Foyth has divided opinion since featuring for the first team this season but with undoubted talent will surely be a future star for Spurs.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Now back from injury, the tough tackling Colombian will look to nullify the threat that the Tranmere strikers will want to impose from set pieces to claim an unlikely victory.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – Having signed a new long-term contract recently, Walker-Peters is a player Tottenham have huge belief in. He will be hoping to avoid similar mistakes he made against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League.
Oliver Skipp (CM) – Youth product Skipp made his first Premier League start in Tottenham’s recent 1-0 win over Burnley, impressing with his maturity and range of passing. A similar impact against Tranmere will give his manager something to think about.
Harry Winks (CM) – The England international has proved himself to be a star in the making and his ability to carry the ball from midfield will open the spaces for Spurs’ strikers to move into on Friday.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (LM) – Somewhat of a forgotten entity at Tottenham, the speedy French winger could possibly be given his chance to shine against the League Two strugglers.
Moussa Sissoko (RM) – The Frenchman has operated in a few positions for Tottenham this season, but out on the right his powerful, marauding runs could stretch the opposition defence.
Erik Lamela (CAM) – With Christian Eriksen likely to be rested, the Argentinian will be tasked with picking the lock that is a League Two defence on Friday.
Fernando Llorente (ST) – It seems the Spaniard’s time is drawing to a close at Tottenham, with rumours of an exit on the cards, but he will get his opportunity to impress potential suitors with a start at Prenton Park in the absence of Harry Kane. Strong in both boxes with good finishing ability, he will offer a threat for the visitors.