Antonio Conte could be tempted to ring in the changes following Tottenham’s disappointment in the Champions League this week.
Spurs fell to a 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night, a result which could be a blow to their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages.
Tottenham appeared bereft of confidence and energy in the Portuguese capital, with fan Paul Hawksbee criticizing Conte’s decision not to use the full extent of his new-look squad.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Hawksbee said: “They haven’t really created enough and Sonny was just an empty shirt, I’m not sure what’s going on there.
“It seems very strange that you’re building a much deeper team and towards the end of the game some of them looked quite tired and you’re not using it.
“It’s probably no coincidence that Sporting’s two goals came from substitutes, fresh legs and fresh minds.
“Even with a break at the weekend, the fact that some players looked a bit on their legs was a bit of a shock.
“I look at [Yves] Bissouma arrives. He looked like such a good player and I thought he would get some playing time, but he didn’t get the chance to get any rhythm.
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“He obviously doesn’t like Djed Spence or even [Matt] Doherty who he trusted before the injuries. He’s absolutely fit and it’s very strange that he doesn’t use the bench a bit more.
Conte, however, made a big admission about the form and fitness of his fringe stars.
The Italian explained that Bissouma was struggling “tactically”, although he was happy with the signing, while Doherty and Oliver Skipp continue their comeback from long-term injuries.
With a clash against Leicester City to come tonight, Spurs have a real chance to freshen things up as they look to get back to winning ways.
Hugo Lloris is certain to keep his place for the clash with the Foxes as the captain looks to get his side out of the trenches.
In defence, Cristian Romero and Eric Dier should keep their places, as well as Ivan Perisic who has shown his experience at left back but Clement Lenglet should replace Ben Davies having already shown his ability to play the ball.
At right-back, we could see a change with Emerson Royal criticized for his display against Sporting, where he repelled three golden chances.
While Djed Spence hopes to be involved, Conte’s comments suggested Doherty could be next in line for an opportunity that could arise this weekend.
As Hawksbee mentioned, Bissouma hasn’t featured regularly this term and may not get a chance to start just yet.
Instead, Skipp could get the nod ahead of an out-and-out Rodrigo Bentancur as he continues his return from injury, meaning he could line up alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The biggest call could come in the attacking third with Son struggling for form at the start of the season.
Although it’s only a matter of time before the South Korean finds his feet, Conte could look to remove him from the firing line and replace him with Dejan Kulusevski, who last season showed exactly what he is capable as a creative force.
With Richarlison and Harry Kane also in the attacking third, this could be the combination needed for Spurs to fire again.
The Tottenham team will face Leicester
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