Tottenham’s fringe players could get the opportunity to impress in their Europa Conference League clash at NS Mura on Thursday.
Spurs are currently second in Group G and can book a spot in the preliminary knockout stage if they win and Rennes beat Vitesse.
Here’s the team Antonio Conte could select for his fourth game as Tottenham head coach.
Pierluigi Gollini (GK) – Tottenham’s cup keeper, though he didn’t feature in Conte’s first Conference League game. Should make his first appearance in almost a month here.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – With Cristian Romero injured, Tanganga came into the back three on Sunday. Should be given another opportunity to impress.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Has drifted out of Tottenham’s starting lineup over the past few months. Made recent substitute appearances against Vitesse and Leeds.
Joe Rodon (CB) – The Welshman’s last start came in the dismal defeat to Vitesse. Yet to feature under Conte but could get his first chance here.
Matt Doherty (RWB) – Is second in the right wing back pecking order behind Emerson Royal but Conte should be able to charm better performances from the Irishman in Europe compared to predecessors Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo.
Oliver Skipp (CM) – Was suspended for the weekend and should get a runout. Brings industry and mops up loose possession well.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – Conte is the latest manager tasked with unlocking Ndombele. If he can get the Frenchman working in his system, Spurs could become a different beast- it’s an ‘if’ we’ve been talking about for two years, mind.
Ryan Sessegnon (LWB) – Will definitely start. Made a brief cameo in the win over Leeds having just returned from injury and some good performances in Europe could help the youngster push Sergio Reguilon for a starting spot.
Steven Bergwijn (RW) – Still searching for top form at Tottenham following his move in January 2020. Scored and assisted in the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory over Norway during the international break and should get an opportunity here.
Harry Kane (ST) – With no striker alternative and Spurs often looking lost without their main man up front, Kane will likely start again. Has five goals in the Conference League so far.
Lucas Moura (LW) – Bungled a few opportunities against Leeds but did set up Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for the equaliser. If the Brazilian is omitted, Bryan Gil might be given an opportunity.
For more from Jude Summerfield, follow him on Twitter!