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Doherty & Alli Misses Out | Strongest Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Judging By Performances This Season

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

With the ongoing international break, it is perhaps an ideal time to evaluate the performances of the Premier League clubs so far this season, following four weeks of exciting action in the English top-flight.

Tottenham Hotspur, for one, have been a mixed bag this season, having lost both their home games. At the same time, however, they have emphatically won their away games. And here, at The 4th Official, we will take a look at the strongest possible Spurs lineup judging by player performances so far this season.

Strongest Tottenham Lineup Judging By Performances

Defence

Tough choices all around as Jose Mourinho does have a lot of options at his disposal, with very few players suffering from injuries.

At right-back, we pick Serge Aurier ahead of new signing Matt Doherty, purely because of the fact he has looked much more composed this season. His performances against Manchester United and Chelsea, in the EFL Cup, were excellent and the Ivorian is better suited to a back-four.

On the opposite flank, Sergio Reguilon has had a promising start to his Tottenham career. His attacking prowess makes him a better option when compared to Ben Davies.

In central defence, Toby Alderweireld has found it difficult to get into the starting lineup and rightly so, as both Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier have done an excellent job.

There is no competition in goal, however, with second choice ‘keeper Joe Hart featuring in just two games, thus making Hugo Lloris the automatic starter in between the sticks.

Strongest Tottenham Lineup Judging By Performances - Reguilon ahead of Davies.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Spanish defender Sergio Reguilon (L) and Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli watch the play from the dugout during the UEFA Europa League qualifying round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Maccabi Haifa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on October 1, 2020. (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

In midfield, there are not many options to choose from, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks getting the nod ahead of Moussa Sissoko and Gedson Fernandes, both of who have barely featured in the new season.

However, there is a bit of confusion in the advanced midfield role, with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli competing for a spot.

Alli’s struggles this season have already been well documented while Lo Celso hasn’t played much either, making Ndombele the preferred option.

Attack

Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min are the undisputed starters in the attack, having been among the best performers not only in north London but also in the Premier League this season. They will occupy their preferred spots, respectively.

But, for the right-wing position, we have to choose between Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, even though the latter is technically a left-winger.

Regardless, Lamela should get the nod ahead of these two as the Argentine has shown a terrific commitment and aggression that have tuned in well with Mourinho’s footballing ethos.

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