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Bale Misses Out, Alderweireld Starts | Strongest Possible Tottenham Hotspur Lineup So Far 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.

Tottenham Hotspur will be heading into the international break on a positive mood, as they are only behind Leicester City in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho, it seems, is managing to take full advantage of his strong team, though there are a lot of improvements still left to be made.

Nonetheless, it is an ideal time for us to look back at their season and in this article, we will be looking to build their strongest possible eleven, based purely on performances so far this season.

Strongest Possible Tottenham Lineup So Far This Season

Defence

Starting in defence, Toby Alderweireld has had a couple of good games recently. He has also looked much more composed on the ball, impressing the onlookers with his ability to provide long, diagonal passes.

It should give him the nod ahead of Davinson Sanchez at centre-back, with Eric Dier pretty much a guaranteed starter. Unfortunately, the likes of Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga haven’t featured much this season, so Jose Mourinho doesn’t have too many options.

There is no competition for Sergio Reguilon at left-back, but Matt Doherty edges Serge Aurier on the opposite flank as the four-man backline is not best suited for the Irishman.

Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, starts in goal, ahead of Joe Hart and Paulo Gazzaniga, who is yet to feature in a single game this season.

Strongest Possible Tottenham Lineup So Far This Season - Alderweireld has been key for Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld wears a bandage after picking up a cut in a challenge with Burnley’s English striker Ashley Barnes during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on October 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Regan / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko have built a formidable midfield partnership this season. They have been quite useful in recovering the ball in the middle of the park and enforcing Mourinho’s direct style of play.

In the advanced midfield role, Giovani Lo Celso has had a slow start to the campaign while Dele Alli has been absent for the most part. So Tanguy Ndombele should partner Hojbjerg and Sissoko in midfield.

Attack

In the attack, there are two undisputed starters in Harry Kane in the number nine role and Son Heung-Min at left-wing. These two have been in phenomenal form, and their seemingly telepathic understanding have powered Tottenham to victories on multiple occasions.

Things do get tricky in the remaining right-wing slot, where there are at least four potential options including Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela, Gareth Bale and Steven Bergwijn.

Bergwijn is pretty much out of the race while Bale, too, is yet to make any noticeable impact aside from scoring the late winner against Brighton & Hove Albion.

As far as Lamela and Lucas are concerned, the former is the more favoured one as he has more dynamism to his game. The Argentine is also much more versatile when compared to his Brazilian teammate while his aggression makes him a better outlet in the first line of press.

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