With six matches remaining of the season, it is likely there are a number of Spurs players who are fighting for their future at the club. It will be Mourinho’s first summer transfer window at the club and having run the rule over his new troops for two-thirds of a season, he will know who he wants to keep in his squad and which do not fit his demands.
Monday night’s home clash against Everton will be the first challenge and it is likely Mourinho will ring the changes. As highlighted by the website premierleagueinjuries.com , the only two players who are definitely absent for Spurs are defensive duo Juan Foyth and Japhet Tanganga, while young striker Troy Parrott is also in a race for fitness.
Thursday was another wretched performance defensively from Spurs and it is likely this will be the first area which Mourinho will look to shake-up. Serge Aurier and Ben Davies were both taken off at Bramall Lane, although with the lack of alternatives it appears unlikely that both will lose their starting slots against the Toffees.
Jan Vertonghen – out of contract at the end of the season and on the verge of departing – could well step in for Davies – although with a lack of options to replace Aurier, the Ivorian is likely to retain his place in the starting line-up. Central defence is also likely to herald changes, with Toby Alderweireld almost certain to step into the line-up at the expense of Davinson Sanchez or Eric Dier, although more probably the latter.
Gedson Fernandes, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele – the latter of whom came off the bench at Bramall Lane – will also be hopeful of being restored to the team, especially with less than convincing performances from Moussa Sissoko and Giovani Lo Celso. The Argentine may be pushed further forward, but Dele Alli will also be looking to play in that number 10 role, should he overcome injury in time.
The attacking front four for Spurs are probably the players who feel most satisfied with their form this season, despite the huge levels of injury disruption throughout. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are both likely to retain their starting positions but Erik Lamela will believe he merits a return to the side, most likely as a direct replacement for Lucas Moura.
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In an attacking sense, it is likely that either Alli or Lo Celso will be moved into a creative role should Mourinho wish to change the shape, with Steve Bergwijn either being shifted wide or rested.
Everton are likely to play their 4-4-2 formation and Mourinho will be keen to find a formation which allows Spurs to exploit the pockets of space between the lines, with Lo Celso and Alli players who would be ideally suited to this system.