Your team for Newcastle?
Spurs have the chance to leap ahead of Chelsea and into third place on Saturday with a win over Newcastle, but what would be your team selection on the day?
The will he / won't he issue over Emmanuel Adebayor is perhaps the main debate for Spurs fans and the media, but with Jermain Defoe being confirmed as being out for up to three weeks, you expect that Ade will at least be expected to sit on the bench and a decision may well depend on whether he is at training tomorrow and how he looks in terms of fitness and motivation.
Though AVB has already used twenty-eight players this season, you almost feel that seven or eight of the eleven selections pick themselves, with only the central defensive pair and the two attacking places are up for grabs. There might be a consideration to start Kyle Naughton in one of the full back positions, as both Walker and BAE have been on international duty, but equally neither played a single minutes football, so you would hope they are fresh despite the extra travel in the case of BAE. Similarly in central defence, Jan Vertonghen was the only one of our fit CBs to be selected and therefore play, as he returned to left back for Belgium against Slovakia. Does this mean AVB will look at two from Dawson, Caulker and Gallas?
In midfield, Aaron Lennon came on as a 75th minute sub, Bale played an hour for Wales and of course dominated yet another game, Mousa Dembele played 90 mins for Belgium a more attacking role, whilst Gylfi Sigurdsson operated in a deeper for Iceland as he also played the whole game, in their 2-0 home defeat to Fabio Capello's Russia. That leaves only Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone at home, but you assume that we will go with Lennon, Parker, Dembele and Bale over other possible options.
The final attacking places, will I assume depend on Adebayor, as previously stated, and though AVB has indicated that he is likely to start, managers do tell white lies on occasions. The majority of fans would opt for Holtby behind Adebayor, and perhaps with Clint Dempsey also on international duty and having the longest trip of all, it gives AVB a nice excuse to 'rest' the player and give our new superstar his first start. That leaves Dempsey to perhaps hope that Adebayor is still having flight problems to secure his own place, perhaps.
In goal, it has crossed my mind that AVB will go with Brad Friedel and allow Lloris to face his former club Lyon in the Europa league, and by giving Brad a league start, he keeps him motivated and also gives Hugo an emotional reunion with his former club. Personally I hope that Lloris starts on Sunday and perhaps gets one of the Lyon games and Brad is happy with one or none, considering the opposition and links with the Frenchman.
My team for Saturday is quite predictable in picking Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, BAE, Parker, Dembele; Lennon, Holtby, Bale; Adebayor (Dempsey)...
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