Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has raised a few eyebrows with his team selection ahead of tonight’s London derby against West Ham United.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 19, 2016
Local lad Harry Winks makes his first Premier League start, while two strikers are in as Vincent Janssen is named alongside Harry Kane.
The Tottenham formation is a bit of a mystery at this stage.
Pochettino looks set to return to four at the back after using a three-man defence at Arsenal last time out, but the rest of the shape is much harder to guess.
Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks could play as a three-man midfield unit, behind Christian Eriksen in a 4-3-1-2 system.
However, considering how far forward Tottenham’s full-backs push forward, it would make sense for Wanyama to sit deeper and give more protection in a 4-1-2-1, or even 4-1-3-2.
Spurs might not even play with two up front. Kane is Tottenham’s most dangerous player, but he could arguably get involved in the game more if he played as a no.10. Therefore, 4-2-3-1 could still be on the cards, although that would involve Winks playing in a wider attacking midfield than he is used to.