As we close in on the return of club football, Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to continue their excellent run of form. The Lilywhites have more reasons to be excited as new signing Gareth Bale nears his return to full fitness. Here, at The 4th Official, we will take a look at the strongest possible Tottenham Hotspur lineup including the new signings.
Strongest Tottenham Lineup Including New Signings
Toby Alderweireld has shown clear signs of deterioration over the past 12 months. So, unfortunately, we have to go with Davinson Sanchez ahead of the Belgian veteran, with Eric Dier partnering him at the heart of the four-man backline.
Jose Mourinho has two options on each side of the defensive balance between attack and defence. New signing Matt Doherty, however, hasn’t looked a perfect fit in the back-four, so we do prefer Serge Aurier at right-back, while Sergio Reguilon is a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank due to his offensive qualities.
Hugo Lloris has been in excellent form in between the sticks this season and should get the nod ahead of both Joe Hart and Paulo Gazzaniga.
Mourinho’s 4-3-3 usually consists of a stable double-pivot with someone like Giovani Lo Celso or Tanguy Ndombele operating in a more advanced role.
Ndombele has mostly been deployed as a number ten so far this campaign, but the Frenchman does have the experience of featuring as a number eight. So he should form the double-pivot alongside new signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, thus allowing Lo Celso to operate in his preferred number ten role, ahead of Dele Alli, whose fall from grace continues this season.
Mourinho has a plethora of options in attack, having bolstered his offensive unit with the additions of Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius.
Bale is yet to feature in a single game due to injury. But one could imagine the Welshman being an automatic pick at right-wing, ahead of Lucas Moura while Son Heung-Min is another guaranteed starter on the opposite flank.
Harry Kane completes the star-studded attacking lineup by featuring in the number nine role. It will be interesting to see how he and Son combine with Bale, who does have the quality to make Tottenham one of the most feared sides in the Premier League.