With Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty ruled out of the encounter through injury, the football.london journalist believes that Emerson Royal will continue at right wing-back in what would be an unpopular decision from manager Antonio Conte.
In a pre-game piece for the website, Gold hinted at some disappointing early team news for the Lilywhites, he wrote:
‘Although the least popular decision with the fans, Conte could continue with Emerson on the right in the knowledge that Leicester are unlikely to sit back as Brighton and Brentford did which will give Kulusevski more space to impress if he is positioned further up the pitch.’
Indeed, it’s a claim that hasn’t gone down too well with the Lilywhites faithful with some urging Conte to consider a U23 player instead of the Brazilian right-back and others suggesting that the Italian won’t change his ways.
Emerson has struggled massively since his £26m summer move from FC Barcelona, so it’s no wonder many around N17 are worried by the prospect of the 23-year-old going up against Harvey Barnes, Ademola Lookman, and James Maddison and co.
His performances under both Nuno Santo and now Conte have drawn plenty of criticism.
Speaking to Football Insider earlier in the season, pundit Noel Whelan described him as “shocking” and “terrible”, whilst former Spurs centre-back Jonathan Woodgate isn’t surprised to see the club linked with an alternative in the form of Djed Spence.
“If you play in La Liga like Emerson Royal has, balls don’t really go into the box that much to the back post.
“You don’t need to do that much defending. In the Premier League, it happens week in, week out.
“I’ve watched [both] Emerson Royal and Djed Spence for Nottingham Forest, and Spence looks a different level, compared to him,” he told BBC 5 Live.
42% of the Foxes’ attacks come down the Brazilian’s flank, so if Conte does indeed trust him to start, it could well be a very long afternoon for the home faithful at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
It’s unlikely that many will be pleased with Gold’s suggestion, that’s for sure.