Tottenham Hotspur take on Everton this weekend as they look to kickstart their season in the Premier League.
Spurs lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Sunday to continue a poor start to the campaign that has seen them win just three times.
Following the result at Anfield, Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit 11th in the table, already eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 16 behind Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.
With that in mind, one feels that the time is right for a hard reset and a new line-up on Sunday could do just that.
Football FanCast has taken a look at the XI Pochettino should pick as his side return to the site of one of their biggest wins last season; in 2018/19, Spurs beat the Toffees 6-2 on Merseyside.
Paulo Gazzaniga should play in goal following an excellent display against the Reds. Hugo Lloris remains injured.
Switching to a back three would eliminate the need to select the full-backs branded “dumb and dumber” – Danny Rose, who is suspended anyway, and Serge Aurier – by Roy Keane.
Thus, Pochettino should opt to select Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez across the backline.
There will be a need to institute wing-backs if he does that, but Moussa Sissoko is capable of playing in that role – he played there in the final 10 minutes at Anfield – while Ryan Sessegnon will surely be champing at the bit to make his debut following his summer switch from Fulham.
With Rose ruled out of the game due to disciplinary issues and the youngster reportedly available after some injury issues, the timing could not be more perfect.
And with Sissoko on the flank, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks should play in central midfield.
The former brings offensive energy to midfield with 1.1 dribbles per game in the Premier League this season, alongside two goals and an assist, while the England international recycles possession well.
Further forward, one has to wonder what more Lucas Moura has to do to get into the team; he scored 15 goals in all competitions last season and is a pacey, dynamic player; he should be starting.