With Antonio Conte heading into his first Premier League fixture in charge of Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, the 52-year-old will certainly be hoping for a much-improved performance than in Spurs’ last league outing, a 3-0 thumping at Old Trafford.
And, with the Italian manager switching Tottenham’s set-up to a 3-4-3 formation in the club’s 3-2 Europa Conference League victory over Vitesse on Thursday, in which Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp started as the central midfield duo, it can be assumed that the former Inter Milan boss will stick with this tactic for the trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon.
However, rather than Skipp lining up alongside Hojbjerg in the middle of the park, it would seem likely that the Italian will call upon a player who he reportedly attempted to sign during his time at the San Siro – Tanguy Ndombele.
Indeed, while the 24-year-old started Thursday’s European fixture on the bench, upon his introduction to the match midway through the second half, the France international proved to be something of a game-changer for Spurs.
In comparison, while Skipp is quite clearly a different profile of player to Ndombele, the 21-year-old was rather less creative during his 73 minutes on the pitch, making no key passes and creating no big chances, although he did make two interceptions and win three duels.
As such, with Spurs more than likely requiring a little more creativity and attacking impetus than against Vitesse if they are to take all three points from Goodison Park on Sunday, Conte simply must unleash the man who Tim Sherwood dubbed a “maverick” against the Toffees. The £120k-per-week Ndombele undoubtedly has the ability to terrify an Everton side who have lost three Premier League fixtures on the bounce.