Tottenham have had a mixed start to their Premier League season and sit in fifth place in the table with 12 points, having only dropped points during losses to Watford and Liverpool.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino signed a new five-year contract at the start of the summer and called for the club to be brave in the transfer market. Unfortunately for the Argentinian, chairman Daniel Levy failed to hold up his end of the bargain and Spurs set a record as they became the first side to fail to sign a single player in a summer transfer window since the system’s introduction.
Although this may not have impacted the Lilywhite’s starting XI too much, as it was already a strong team building a relationship and they didn’t sell any key players, the effect on squad depth could certainly hinder them in the cup competitions and the Champions League.
Over the summer, Spurs had the most players of any club in world football reach the final two rounds of the World Cup and ever since there has been talk of fatigue in the squad, particularly with Harry Kane. Spurs now play Watford in the third round of the Carabao Cup and it is likely that Pochettino will rest Kane for the tie, but who else on the fringes of the squad should be pushing for a start at Stadium MK?
The 20-year-old centre-back joined Spurs from Argentinian side Estudiantes in the summer of 2017 and is highly-rated in North London. While fellow defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was loaned out to the Championship with Swansea, Foyth was kept around by Pochettino and the youngster will be hoping he gets his opportunity to impress against Watford.
Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have continued their dominance over the centre-back positions this season and so Foyth will have to perform when given the chance if he has any hope of adding to his eight Spurs appearances.
Walker-Peters could also consider himself rather unlucky as right-back is one of the other positions where Spurs do have depth despite not delving into the transfer market this summer. Kieran Trippier is making the position his own and former PSG man Serge Aurier has been his back up.
However, the Ivory Coast international hasn’t always convinced, especially with his defensive ability, and Walker-Peters could certainly force himself into the thinking of Pochettino. The pacy 21-year-old has made just nine appearances for the Lilywhites, with four of those coming in the FA Cup where he scored his first goal for the club in the 6–1 win against Rochdale during last season’s fifth round. The Carabao Cup this season then could be his big chance to get some more meaningful minutes
N’Koudou is now 23-years-old and won’t be considered a youngster for much longer, so he will have to start producing if he is to save his career at the North London club. The former Marseille man spent the second half of last season on loan with Burnley and made eight appearances for Sean Dyche’s side without scoring a goal or registering an assist.
However, on the Spurs pre-season tour this summer he was on fire, scoring against AC Milan and Barcelona in the International Champions Cup, and it is perhaps a surprise that he hasn’t been utilised at all yet this season. The French winger cost Levy £11m in 2016 and it’s time for him to start repaying his fee with some Carabao Cup appearances.
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