Tottenham Hotspur have really struggled to make their mark this season. The club sits outside the Champions League places and will end the term without a trophy after they were knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League within a six-day period.
With that in mind, what would a Spurs starting XI look like for next season should they be playing Europa League football?
Hugo Lloris has endured a tough campaign with injuries and mistakes taking its toll on the France international. Jose Mourinho is said to be in for Watford’s Ben Foster and with the Englishman having made more saves than the World Cup winner, there’s certainly a case for him to start next year should he make the move.
In defence, Toby Alderweireld has signed a new deal and it’ll be a shock if he wasn’t featuring after the start of the next campaign. However, with Jan Vertonghen set to leave and Davinson Sanchez having been underwhelming, a new centre-half is needed. The club have been linked with the £36m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, Eder Militao from Real Madrid, who has kept four clean sheets across just nine La Liga games.
Ryan Sessegnon joined last summer and could play at left-back with Ben Davies suffering consistent injury problems and Danny Rose currently out on-loan. On the right flank, Serge Aurier has enjoyed a resurgence under Mourinho and has made the most tackles and the third-most interceptions per league game, as per WhoScored.
Tanguy Ndombele hasn’t pleased the former Manchester United coach recently but still averages the second-most dribbles, showing his ability to carry the ball through midfield. Alongside him should be Geoffrey Kondogbia, who according to Sky Sports is of interest to the Lilywhites and for good reason. The Frenchman has made 2.4 tackles and played 3.4 long balls per game this campaign, higher averages than any of Spurs’ midfield options.
However, Mourinho may still want to have good ball retention in the middle of the park and therefore Harry Winks should also be in the side with the Englishman possessing the highest pass accuracy of any player to start more than one game.
The attack is pretty easy to pick with Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Steven Bergwijn all obvious choices. Kane has been the top scorer for the past few seasons; meanwhile, the South Korean has completed the most dribbles, had the most shots and played the joint-most key passes per game in the squad, showing how sensational he is in the final third. Finally, the January signing from the Eredivisie has come in and already proven to be an attacking threat despite limited appearances, netting twice in five Premier League games.
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