The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side will record a routine victory when they face Newport County in a 4th round FA Cup replay on Wednesday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will play the last of a hat-trick of crucial Premier League fixtures with a North-London derby at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. Tottenham have already collected four points from their fixtures against Manchester United and Liverpool in the past week to boost their chances of finishing inside the top-four this season, but their next league fixture is arguably their most important of the season so far.
However, Tottenham still have an FA Cup replay to navigate against Newport County before their huge fixture against Arsenal, as they only managed to draw 1-1 with the League Two outfit at Rodney Parade in January. As they so often do, Spurs relied on Harry Kane to bail them out of trouble and force a replay last time out.
Although Newport performed admirably in the first encounter between the two sides, Tottenham should have the quality and experience to comfortably outclass Michael Flynn’s side at Wembley.
With that being said, Pochettino should strongly consider resting some of his key players on Wednesday evening to ensure they are in optimum shape to face Arsenal this weekend, and the fact that Tottenham will also be travelling to Turin to face Juventus on Tuesday should be at the forefront of the manager’s thinking.
One player who Pochettino should certainly be resting is right-back Kieran Trippier, as the England international played 90 minutes in both of Tottenham’s last two fixtures. Trippier could quite easily make way for Serge Aurier, but the level of opposition should convince Pochettino to hand Kyle Walker-Peters a rare start for the club.
The 20-year-old started in a left-wing-back role against Newport County in his side’s 1-1 draw, but he was withdrawn at half-time for Heung-Min Son. However, Pochettino should learn from his mistake from last time out and play Walker-Peters on the right-side of his defence.
Tottenham have two potentially season-defining fixtures coming up within the space of just a few days, so Pochettino must rest Trippier and start Walker-Peters against Newport to ensure he has the best possible chance of claiming a huge pair of results against Arsenal and Juventus.