Inside Lane: What is Tottenham’s strongest front six?
Tottenham blogger David Lee says Mauricio Pochettino will have some difficult decisions to make if and when his midfielders are all fit and available.
Making decisions has never been my strong point, so when it comes to selecting Spurs’ best attacking line-up perhaps it’s best that our trusted Argentinian boss has the final say.
If you’d asked the 36,000 Spurs fans who were trudging up Tottenham High Road last season who should be selected in our best offensive unit, I’d have expected the same clutch of players to be listed again and again.
But times have most certainly changed and, if and when everyone is fit and available, selecting our strongest front six will become an unenviable task.
Starting at the base of midfield, Eric Dier and Dele Alli have forged an almost irreplaceable partnership in the absence of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.
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When Bentaleb was engaging in a bout of contract brinkmanship with the Spurs hierarchy this summer, it seemed inconceivable that he would be anything other than our midfield lynchpin this season.
But in Alli and Dier, Mauricio Pochettino now possesses a central partnership that offers both composure on the ball and defensive solidity off it.
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As we head into a crucial month that includes a mouth-watering trio of games against Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea, I would not be looking to tinker with a proven partnership.
So where does that leave Ryan Mason? He’s a player that puzzlingly seems to divide the fanbase, but I’d still find room for him in our strongest front six.
The 24-year-old possesses a drive and fearlessness that can rip right through the heart of our opposition, as shown by his match-winning goal away at Sunderland.
Mason has also mastered that seemingly extinct quality of playing the ball forward, and every time he passes he looks to be positive.
In my opinion he should play in front of Dier and Alli and, depending on the state of each game, he could be interchanged with Alli.
Christian Eriksen started the season slowly but the Dane seems to be purring now. Some feel he is wasted on the left-hand side but his delightful, defence-splitting cross for Harry Kane’s second goal against Bournemouth showed the value he brings when he cuts in from that flank.
That leaves a toss-up between Heung-Min Son and the in-form Erik Lamela for the remaining wide position.
Lamela’s boundless enthusiasm and growing confidence on the ball has finally made him a worthy Premier League starter. But Son would get the nod from me.
It’s difficult to recall seeing a player so comfortable with both feet and his ability to strike the ball with either foot has already left defenders flummoxed. See Brede Hangeland’s attempts to foil him in our 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last month.
With a resurgent Kane leading the line, I feel that front six would offer invention, exuberance and discipline.
It pains me to leave out the grace of Mousa Dembele and the pace of Clinton N’Jie, but both players will still have plenty to offer throughout the season.
Rather you than me, Mauricio.
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