Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign later this evening.
Nuno Santo and his squad head to Portugal to face Pacos de Ferreira for the first leg of their qualifying clash at the Estadio Capital do Movel Stadium.
The 47-year-old head coach has already confirmed that he will be making vast changes for the encounter, with none of Sunday’s starting XI that defeated defending champions Manchester City expected to feature from the off.
That means plenty of Spurs’ fringe players and youth prospects are likely to start tonight but what sort of XI could we see from the Portuguese?
Football FanCast have predicted tonight’s lineup…
With club captain Hugo Lloris earning a rest, there is likely to be a competitive debut for summer signing Pierluigi Gollini, who has joined on loan from Atalanta to be the Frenchman’s back-up this season.
His former teammate back in Italy, Cristian Romero, is another who looks set to start after Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez guided Spurs to a clean sheet at the weekend.
The 23-year-old colossus could partner youth product Maksim Paskotsi, who featured in many of the Lilywhites’ preseason matches as a right-back under Nuno. However, his primary position is in the middle and without Rodon, the young Estonian could be trusted at centre-back in what would be his senior debut.
Two of the full-backs named on the bench on Sunday, Ben Davies and Matt Doherty, should make a straight swap with Sergio Reguillon and Japhet Tanganga.
Meanwhile, in midfield, we could see a three-man engine room of Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso and another Hotspur Way academy star, Nile John.
They’ll replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp (who has not travelled) and Dele Alli, whilst there’s no place for Tanguy Ndombele once again as uncertainty over his long-term future in north London continues to rumble on.
There could also be a third debutant in the starting XI, with Spanish winger Bryan Gil in line to feature from the off. He may partner the returning Ryan Sessegnon in the attack.
The versatile £25m wide man has not played for Spurs since March 2020 – the 3-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the Champions League – and enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at their Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim last term.
Whilst Nuno has confirmed that 17-year-0ld “diamond” Dane Scarlett will lead the line in the absence of Kane and Heung-min Son.