Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur, once Kings of the FA Cup...
Have we now disregarded the nations once adored cup for European adventure and the race for a top four place? In many ways we cannot blame Poch and Levy for concentrating on the richer pools of the game, but is our tradition and thirst for silverware something that should make us consider being up for the cup?
Even in rightfully resting several key players against an AFC Wimbledon side that currently sits in the League 1 relegation zone, though they will be heartened by the fact they sit 2 points behind MK Dons, with a game in hand... surely we have the quality in depth to make this a straightforward afternoon, even as Poch bigs up the difficult task of playing the nations minnows.
Sunday will represent an emotional or at least a "What might have been" day for two players suggested by some as potential Spurs stars in Dean Parrett and Andy Barcham who have never quite hit the footballing heights, but might also have that pang of wishing they had had a manager with the vision of Pochettino to entrust their careers in when they were coming through the Spurs ranks.
Though this season has been a struggle for Neal Ardley and his boys, They may be inspired or terrified by a trip to Wembley, but you would like to think that this will also be a far more intimidating task than the Checkatrade trophy game in October where Spurs played with a team comprising of youth and the nearest we indulged Wimbledon with our "stars" was the start with Amos and Sterling.
Sunday may well and for me, should see starts for the likes of Walker-Peters, Foyth, N`Koudou, Llorente, whilst perhaps we will see the likes of Anthony Georgiou, Tashan Oakley-Boothe and Kazaiah Sterling get spots on the bench as we prioritise resting a few tired legs, as well as offering opportunity to others. It`s also sensible to give valuable minutes to Lamela and Wanyama as we push them back to fitness.
These games are impossible to pick teams, but could we see something like Vorm; Trippier, Sanchez, Foyth, Walker-Peters; Winks, Wanyama; Lamela, Alli, N`koudou and Llorente, as an XI? A team enabling us to rest key and no doubt fatigued players, but also showing we take the competition seriously and who knows, we might even try to win it!...
Written by Oxfordspur