Although Tottenham Hotspur aren’t doing too badly in the Premier League as they sit in sixth place, a few players need to capitalise on the international break in order to help them break into a more regular role.
Some first team players may also need to be on top of their game or risk losing their place as Mauricio Pochettino will surely be watching and hearing opinions on all his players.
Spurs face a very strong Manchester City side the following weekend so here are THREE players that need to prove themselves before their manager announces his starting 11.
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Andros Townsend was on tip-top form during the World Cup qualifying stages, but an injury halted his bid to star in Brazil as he now needs to regain confidence and once again work his way back to the top. However, Roy Hodgson cannot afford to take a gamble on the 23-year-old unless he proves himself.
The upcoming fixture against Estonia after the San Marino clash is the perfect time to show what he can do to both the England manager as well as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. A good performance might mean he could have a part to play against Manchester City the following weekend.
Erik Lamela was tipped to become a major force for Tottenham Hotspur during the pre-season but has yet to score for his side. However, he did manage to contribute with three assist in his seven starts, hinting there is more to come from the 22-year-old Argentine.
His huge move was halted by injuries, dubbing him a flop before he even got a chance to play as he now needs to be at the top of his game in order to prove his critics wrong. Missing out on the World Cup will be added fuel in his bids to show that he can shine for both club and country.
With only three strikers at the club, Harry Kane’s chances of becoming first choice selection at Tottenham Hotspur aren’t all that remote. Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are the only two other forwards standing in his way of regular football.
Scoring on the international break will only give Mauricio Pochettino more reasons to bench Adebayor so that Kane can have a full 90 minute game once in a while. With most of the club goals being scored by midfielders, the role to lead the lines are completely up for grabs.