Tottenham look to get back to winning ways as they host Brentford in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Antonio Conte takes charge of his fifth fixture at the helm, having suffered embarrassment in outing number four. Spurs fell to a 2-1 defeat to Slovenian side NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, before having last weekend’s scheduled league meeting with Burnley snowed off.
Conte has, however, picked up four points in his two Premier League games so far – without the performances that make fans truly happy, though. On Thursday they face Thomas Frank’s Brentford, who have enjoyed their time in the top flight thus far, bringing bundles of energy and excitement and currently occupying 11th place in the table.
Here’s who Conte could field to get back on track.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – Hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League action since March 2020, and will continue to skipper the side here.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – Was less rubbish than Davinson Sanchez against Mura, so could be in line for another start on Thursday.
Eric Dier (CB) – Has featured in every Premier League game so far this campaign; Conte’s appointment doesn’t seem to have affected his role.
Ben Davies (CB) – Davies has started – and performed decently in – both league games that Conte has taken charge of. That won’t change here.
Emerson Royal (RWB) – Wasn’t too bright against Leeds in his last appearance, although should come back into the starting XI for the visit of Brentford.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CB) – Looks like being a stalwart under his third boss at Tottenham, having featured in all four matches of Conte’s reign thus far.
Harry Winks (CM) – Played well in place of the suspended Oliver Skipp against Leeds and, after the latter’s poor showing at Mura, Winks could be in line for another start.
Sergio Reguilon (LWB) – Will definitely start on the left flank after his match-winning performance against Leeds last time out.
Lucas Moura (RW) – To give credit where it’s due, you can rarely fault Lucas’ attitude. What you can most definitely fault, however, is his output; he needs to start producing for his side.
Harry Kane (ST) – Has managed just one goal in 11 Premier League appearances this term – unheard of numbers for Kane.
Son Heung-min (LW) – Hasn’t been much more inspiring than his partner in crime but has at least struck four league goals this campaign – looking for a first in five games on Thursday, however.