Date: 11th May 2018 at 8:00pm
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Mauricio Pochettino says he is caught between naming a strong starting eleven against Leicester in a bid to finish third, or naming some younger players at Wembley on Sunday.

At his pre-match press conference today, the Argentine seemed to be angling towards picking a younger team, with Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters poised to make starts against the Foxes:

“There are many temptations to give the possibilities to many players to play that don’t play consistently during the season but at the same time, it is in our hands to finish third.”

“I think Juan Foyth deserves to play and he is doing fantastic and I will repeat that so maybe, I am thinking, maybe it is is not crazy to see a player like him or Kyle Walker-Peters in the starting XI.”

I am pretty much in agreement with Poch on this one. With a Champions League place secured, it seems like the best time to give the duo a go. There will be some fans who believe that finishing third is more important, but we need to see these players given chances in the first team:

Kyle Walker-Peters

With Serge Aurier’s travails at right back, you would have thought the 21-year-old would have been given more opportunities to impress, but he has only played eight times this campaign, despite starting the first league game of the season against Newcastle.

At the time, the manager was keen to stress the full-back was not ready. Still, the Under 20 World Cup winner is not a teenager, he is just a year younger than Dele Alli, and it’s important for him to get more game time.

The only way he can get ready to play in the Premier League is to actually play more regularly, so I do expect him to start.

Juan Foyth

Pochettino is a massive fan of his compatriot, but he has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season. It is the perfect opportunity to give him his league debut on Sunday.

Some have actually been advocating that he should play in central midfield, after having started his career there, but I think the boss is set on him following in his footsteps to be a centre-half.

The adaptation period from Argentinian football to the English game was always going to be a long one, but at some point, he needs to be thrown in the deep end. From what I’ve seen of him, there is some great potential there, but it would be good to see a bit more of him.


131 Replies to “Poch Looking To The Future With Spurs Team Selection Against Leicester”

  • This is not a choice between playing Walker-Peters and Foyth or winning. Both have demonstrated excellent talent although they have had limited opportunities. Some of our regular starters are showing signs of fatigue. Might be a good time to give these players a go and to win in the bargain..

    • Well said. I have high hopes around Walker-Peters. Shame he has not been given more game time this season, considering his MOM performance at opening game of season against Newcastle.

  • I agree we need to get 3rd if possible to hopefully get a better CL draw, which can be a huge advantage as Liverpool proved this season. I don’t think Foyth is big and physically strong enough to be a PL CB.

  • He will not play Moura as he doesn’t like him what a waste poor man should have stayed with psg

  • How does 3rd get us a better CL draw? We are currently ranked around 17th, bottom of pot 2. We need Real Madrid to beat Liverpool to stay in pot 2, or we are demoted back to pot 3 for another likely tough group.

  • It’s not a matter of selecting a younger team, it’s a matter of shaking things up to produce a better team to take us to third place. And that means at least giving Lucas Moura his chance, since as White Hart says “the only way he can get ready to play in the Premier League is to actually play more regularly”.

  • The only difference between third and fourth is two million pounds. But it would be nice to finish the season with a win …. which is what I expect us to do.

    Frank …. I’d say that both, being the top London club or winning a cup, give us bragging rights …. until the next season starts.

  • Should secure 3rd first – prestige and prize money and if it means easier CL draw no brainer. That said, high hopes for Foyth and Peters but for that need game time. Sanchez on Vardy – pace v pace again would seem a no brainer then it’s open as to who plays. Will be interesting to see what happens at RB if KWP makes it as expected – would give us 3 RB’s vying for 1 primary spot.

  • The difference between 3rd or 4th is not just 2m, it is having to play an awkward qualifyimg round before the CL League stage actually starts. We need to win on sunday to avoid the qualifying round in a world cup summer. Our top players will not have a full pre season with us.

  • There is no ” CL qualifying round” for EPL teams! 4th place goes straight to the CL group stage next season. Ive already posted a link which describes how we can avoid being in the dreaded pot 3 for the group draw

  • Surely, Poch cannot continue to select Son after his recent performances. He’s not showing for passes, he’s not retaining possession and he’s definitely not helping out enough defensively. A passenger in most games recently. He’s such a big player for his country that he’s clearly got one eye on the WC and coasting in these last few games.

    Personally, I would have no problem if Foyth and KWP played tomorrow. That depends on the attitude that Toby and Rose are showing in training. I have no problem with these 2 either. Dier needs to slot back into centre mid and then I’d like to see an attacking line-up ahead of him even if it means that Eriksen and Dele share centre mid duties. Moura deserves his chance.

  • Does finishing third actually make any difference as far as the champions league goes ? The seeding this season seemed to be based on our record in Europe not where we finished in the league. When you can give players who need game time the chance to play you should take it. The simple fact is Walker-Peters would have been much better off going out on loan than staying at Spurs and not playing which is what has happened to him this season.

  • It doesn’t matter so much if we finish 3rd or 4th. We have achieved our main aim of the season and that is gaining CL football for the 3rd time on the trot.

    Whoever MP picks to play tomorrow, we surely will be playing to win. But if its full strength or not, and we lose, no doubt there will be complaints. And no doubt from some supporters who will say before the game, it doesn’t matter. There will be moaning and even MP out from some supporters, if we are poor. Oh well…

    Personally, I have no preference on who should be in the side. But I would love to see the lads end our PL season, at Wembley, on song and with a flourish.

  • Hey, we could lose 8 nil and still finish 3rd if Liverpool fail in getting 3 points…

    But we don’t want that, do we?

    What a wonderful luxury to have though, on the final day… That, It doesn’t really matter…

  • Its simple, field the team Poch that you think will win another 3pts on Sunday.

    Finishing 3rd, means we finish above L’Pool, good enough for me, and even better for RM to beat them.

    Sunday party time, kick the Leicester backsides hard lads. COYS

  • Walker peters impressed against Newcastle really comfortable on d ball ,have to say getting game time regularly next season either with us or another team has to be a priority.foyth haven’t really seen i do worry about his size as centre back but these Argies can handle themselves .personally speaking I’d play them both in 352 system which will help them both .im reading poch comments about us going to struggle in d transfer market looks like Alfie mawson,bertrand are going to be our super star signings this summer?

  • I see Whinger has one last parting shot, claiming Spurs will have to sell HK to pay for the stadium. Sounds a bit like sour grapes to me.

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