Nuno Santo faces several dilemmas as Tottenham Hotspur begin their UEFA Europa Conference League group stage campaign with a trip to France to face Stade Rennes.
The Portuguese head coach must balance the need to bounce back from Saturday’s surprise defeat to Crystal Palace with the need to get off to a good start in a competition they are among the favourites to win, also knowing that they face local rivals Chelsea this weekend.
With plenty of his first-team squad on the treatment table or unavailable, Nuno’s options are threadbare as it is.
Here’s how we think Spurs could line up at Roazhon Park later this evening…
Nuno will be without Eric Dier, who has not travelled to France due to injury, or Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero, who are still stuck in Croatia following the international break, so it seems likely that young duo Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga will pair up, with the latter looking to make amends for this red card against the Eagles.
Either side of them could be further changes as Ben Davies and Matt Doherty come in for Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal, respectively. They’ll all be in front of backup goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who takes the place of club captain Hugo Lloris.
Perhaps the biggest decision facing the Spurs boss is what to do with his midfield as his trio on Saturday struggled to have much of an influence whatsoever.
Tanguy Ndombele is yet to feature this season and could be called upon to offer something different – and much-needed – in the attack. It would be a massive call to make considering he wanted to leave during the summer transfer window, as per the Telegraph.
He could be joined by summer signing Bryan Gil in attacking midfield as the pair look to add creativity to Nuno’s lineup, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg playing slightly deeper in the engine room.
Without Heung-min Son, it’s likely we see Steven Bergwijn make a reappearance on the wing, having missed the trip to Selhurst Park, whilst Lucas Moura could be preferred on the other flank.
Harry Kane is expected to lead the line, particularly without the services of his lethal South Korean partner. Although, 17-year-old gem Dane Scarlett may come off the bench at some stage.
In total, there could be as many as seven changes for the trip to Rennes.
Predicted Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Gollini; Davies, Rodon, Tanganga, Doherty; Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Gil, Bergwijn, Moura; Kane.