Tottenham returns to Premier League action against Sheffield United after an international break that seemed to last a lifetime.
All international breaks seem to go on forever, but this one even more so. That’s a testament to Ange’s exquisite work since taking the helm. You’ll be hard-pressed to source a more exciting time at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Even better, all the players featuring for their national teams will return to Hotspur Way with a clean bill of health.
With the Premier League return beckoning, here’s who Ange will likely turn to for Saturday’s home match against the newly promoted side.
Goalkeeper: Guglielmo Vicario
After returning from the Italy camp, the Venom will take his rightful place in goal. He was an unused substitute in both Italy matches. Vicario has been excellent since his debut at Brentford, where his first-half nerves have morphed into the embodiment of confidence.
Left-back: Destiny Udogie
Destiny Udogie has made the inverted left-back role his. The contrast between him and Ben Davies, who replaced Udogie at Fulham in the Carabao Cup, is alarming. Udogie is the perfect prototype for this particular role.
Right-back: Pedro Porro
Like Udogie, Pedro Porro has made the right-back role his. He is superb going forward, playing countless pinpoint dangerous passes, two of which led to Spurs goals at Burnley. In addition, he’s come of age defensively and can be counted on when Spurs are up against it.
Centre-back: Cristian Romero
After a successful international break, Cristian Romero returns to camp and must be brimming with bravado. He was excellent in both Argentina’s wins — 1-0 over Ecuador and 3-0 at Bolivia — instrumental in keeping consecutive clean sheets.
Centre-back: Micky van de Ven
The Dutchman returns to camp well-rested after not featuring for his national side. He was an unused substitute in the 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland. I, for one, can’t wait to see the Rolls-Royce back in action.
Midfield No. 6: Yves Bissouma
Yves Bissouma played 28 minutes in Mali’s 4-0 victory over South Sudan a week ago, on Friday, Sept. 8. Sufficed to say, he’ll be fresh as a daisy on uppers. Bissouma has stamped his name indelibly on the starting No. 6 role.
Midfield No. 8: Pape Sarr
Another fresh-as-a-daisy midfielder, Pape Sarr, will be raring to go. He didn’t play at all for Senegal during the break. Sarr is an absolute live wire in midfield, an instrumental part of Spurs’ relentless—possession-based philosophy.
Midfield No. 8: James Maddison
James Maddison didn’t feature in England’s 3-1 friendly win over Scotland at Hampden Park. He started against the Ukraine, playing 65 somewhat awkward minutes from the left side of the Three Lions’ attacking midfield.
Like most of Tottenham’s defence and midfield, Maddison should return to camp rested and full of high-octane beans.
Left-wing: Dejan Kulusevski; Right-wing: Manor Solomon; No. 9: Son Heung-min
It would be logical and prudent for Ange to keep the status quo up front. This trifecta embarrassed Burnley at Turf Moor, responsible for causing endless chaos. Sonny, playing centrally, scored three goals and was as brilliant as he was ruthless and efficient.
Manor Solomon notched two assists in his Premier League debut, and Richarlison basically had a nervous breakdown during his 10 days with Brazil. He said he would seek psychological help upon his return to London. I’d be flabbergasted to see him start.