Could this be Tottenham’s starting XI on the first day of the season?

With an abundance of young talent, a settled squad and strength in depth, Mauricio Pochettino has been able to enjoy the summer break without much transfer drama entering his thoughts.

Two early signings in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen and the imminent arrival of Georges Kevin N’Koudou should see Spurs’ incomings completed, with the possibility of one or two departures still to be wrapped up.

The Argentine manager will be hesitant to disturb a squad that impressed so much last season and will only improve as they develop and age together.

With just two weeks to go until the start of the new season, we take a look at how Spurs could line up on the opening day of the season, as they look to improve on their third place finish last term.

GK – Hugo Lloris

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Captain of both club and country, Hugo Lloris demonstrated last season why he is the only rival for David De Gea’s title as the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

The Frenchman is reliable, athletic and demonstrates an incredible reading of the game. Spurs will need to ensure they are challenging at the very top of the English league pyramid this season if they want to hold onto their skipper.

RB – Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Arguably England’s best player in what was an undeniably miserable tournament for the Three Lions, Kyle Walker is improving season upon season and is now considered one of the most exciting full-backs in the league.

With frightening pace and ever-improving defensive abilities, the 26-year-old is set to become a mainstay in the Spurs side this season, in spite of the talents of deputy right-back Kieron Trippier.

CB – Toby Alderweireld

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One of the signings of the season last campaign, Toby Alderweireld was the perfect defensive companion to compatriot Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the Spurs back line.

Alderweireld was arguably the better of the two centre halves in 2015/16, especially as Vertonghen missed the end of last season through injury. The former Southampton man started every single game for Spurs and was exceptional throughout.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen

The other half of the Belgian centre-back pairing at Spurs, Jan Vertonghen continued to assert himself as one of the best defenders in England, with a number of exceptional performances.

The older of the two centre-halves, Vertonghen is slightly less mobile than his compatriot but is an astute reader of the game and isn’t afraid to demonstrate his physical prowess to any willing opposing player.

LB – Danny Rose

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Another England star who came out of the Euro 2016 debacle with some dignity, Danny Rose has established himself as an important player for both club and country.

At just 26, Rose still has his best years ahead of him and will only improve at Spurs, especially as he is a member of an almost ever present defensive line at the Lane.

CM – Eric Dier

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It’s incredible to think that just two seasons ago, Eric Dier had seldom played a game as a defensive midfielder. Now, he is an essential part of the England squad and the most consistent Premier league player in his position.

The 22 year old is prone to a ferocious tackle and does require some finesse to his game, but his potential is astounding and he is set for another big season at Spurs.

CM – Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama

The most prominent new face at Tottenham this summer, Victor Wanyama reunites with former boss Mauricio Pochettino and will improve an already-impressive Spurs midfield.

The 25-year old will further strengthen the defensive capabilities of the side and provide cover for the offensive players who will look to get forward to assist Harry Kane.

RW – Georges Kevin N’Koudou

Few will have heard of Georges Kevin N’Koudou before Spurs expressed an interest in the 21-year-old this summer.

The winger is set to join Tottenham for around £10 million after two eye-catching seasons in Ligue 1, with Nantes and Marseille.

N’Koudou is lightning quick, with dribblib ability to rival the Premier League’s best. Depending on how he settles in North London, the Frenchman could start ahead of Erik Lamela.

CAM – Dele Alli

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A breakthrough season for young Delli Alli saw the 20 year old score 10 goals, claim the PFA Young Player of the Year award and earn a starting spot in the England team. A remarkable achievement for a player who had never played in the top two tiers of the Football League system beforehand.

Alli is set to star again for Spurs this season and will look to regain the form that he hit during spells last season.

LW – Christian Eriksen

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The most prominent natural playmaker in the Tottenham ranks, Christian Eriksen hasn’t missed a Premier League game for Spurs since 2014.

The Danish star is remarkably mature for his young age and is an exemplary set piece taker. With Eriksen in the squad, its unlikely Harry Kane will be anywhere near free-kicks.

ST – Harry Kane

Harry Kane celebrates

The highest goal scorer in the Premier League last season endured much criticism this summer after some ineffective performances for England at the European Championships.

However, when in a Spurs shirt, the 23 year old looks incredibly confident and his natural scoring ability is incomparable in the Premier League. Another big season from Kane is to be expected.

 


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