Tottenham Hotspur predicted XI V West Bromwich Albion: Changes possible after international break

Vavel UK's Jamie Joslyn predicts the Tottenham Hotspur line-up ahead of their trip to West Bromwich Albion on saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur predicted XI V West Bromwich Albion: Changes possible after international break
Which Spurs players will start this weekend? Photo: Getty

Tottenham Hotspur's first game after the international break is at West Bromwich Albion and manager Mauricio Pochettino may have to ring the changes. 


Hugo Lloris is not one of the players effected much by exertions in the international break, being the first choice goalkeeper of neighbouring France and he should definitley be starting at the Hawthorns. Lloris had a suprisingly unbusy afternoon a fortnight ago as Spurs outclassed leaders Manchester City, winning 2-0 to move within a point of the premier League summit.

The team and Lloris definitley weren't complaining though, as the French international picked up his fourth clean sheet of the season and second in a row. Some people thought he did look a tad shaky on the saves he had to make, but by any means he made them and kept the potent City attack at bay to give Spurs a chance to go top after this West Brom game.


When everybody is fit the Spurs defence really picks itself with the two English internationals out wide in Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, with the Belgian pair of Jan Vertoghen and Toby Alderweireld down the middle. None of these players had to go to far in the international break, so should retain their places after a commanding display against City two weeks ago.

Wanyama was in fine form against City. Photo: Getty
Wanyama was in fine form against City. Photo: Getty

Holding midfielder(s)

Partially because of injuries, Spurs played with just the one out and out holding midfielder against City, with Victor Wanyama left to protect the back four, which he did with ease, as the City attack was nulified for most of the game. On the back of the City performance, you would expect Wanyama to stay in the team, but will someone play alongside him.

Pocchetino was brave against City and went with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen as an advanced pair in central midfield, a decision justified with Alli and Eriksen running the show at White Hart Lane. Moussa Dembele is once again an injury doubt with a foot injury, so the manager may have no choice, but to stick to the 4-1-4-1 formation.


Moussa Sissoko finally got a start in the Premier League for Spurs against City and he did pretty well in an obviously good day for the team. Sissoko played on the right, while Erik Lamela operated on the left wing, but the former AS Roma man has had to do a lot of traveling in the last week and may be assessed late before the game.

Lamela on international duty. Photo: Getty
Lamela on international duty. Photo: Gettu

Pochettino does have some injuries to key attacking players though, such as Harry Kane still being out with the ankle ligament injury. Therefore Pochettino's hands might be tied, no matter the concerns for Lamela and Son Heung-Min after their air miles in the internationals.


Son is the real form player in the entire Premier League right now, nevermind for Spurs and despite playing his international football for South Korea in the far east, Pochettino dosen't really want to rest him even with a UEFA Champions League game on the horizon. Vincent Jannsen is the only other option up front, but he has struggled to make an impact since his big money move from AZ Alkmaar.

My predicted XI

Formation: 4-1-4-1


Walker, Vertoghen, Alderweireld, Rose

Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko