Darren Bent believes a number of Tottenham stars will make a “massive difference” in the Premier League clash with Manchester United tomorrow night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs striker feels that Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko are all in contention to start against Man United. Last month, Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports that the Lilywhites quartet have recovered from injury and returned to first team training at the Hotspur Way.
It is worth noting their absences were keenly felt, as the North London club slumped to a string of poor results before the season was suspended.
Bent told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “When you get those kinds of players back in Heung-min Son, Sissoko and Harry Kane, it makes a massive difference because all of a sudden the firepower – you’d probably have to say 80 per cent of their firepower is coming back.
“I’m going Harry Kane down the middle, I’d probably go Kane, Bergwijn and Son, they’d probably be my front three – electric. I know Bergwijn likes to play from the left but on this particular occasion he might have to play from the right.
“Dele Alli’s got the game ban so he can’t play. I like Lo Celso, I’d probably go with Sissoko and then you need one more holder, you need someone in there that’s not going to wander. Against Man United, you’re talking about a lot of firepower.”
It is difficult to disagree with Bent here, as their return will no doubt be a major boost for Mourinho. Kane is the club’s top scorer this season, despite the fact he has been out of action since the defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Following successful surgery, he has now been declared fully fit ahead of a return behind closed doors later this week. The England international has previously scored two goals against the Red Devils ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
Moreover, Son is the team’s second-highest goalscorer, bagging nine goals in the English top flight, taking three shots per game, averaging more than one key pass and successfully completing at least two dribbles per match on average (via WhoScored).
As it stands, the Lilywhites are eighth in the table and are heading into the game with United knowing they must win if they are to realistically keep their chances of Champions League qualification alive. Their fans will be hoping that the attacking duo can fire on all cylinders as Spurs look to attain European football next season.
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