Mauricio Pochettino: First Tottenham Team


Mauricio Pochettino has selected his first Tottenham team for a competitive match. First up for Spurs in the Premier League are West Ham at Upton Park. After weeks of speculation among fans on who should and should not be in the team, Spurs new Head Coach has made his decision.

Injuries have had their say on his final decision as has this summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil with players returning late to pre-season training due to their involvement in the tournament until the middle of July.


Kyle Walker and Vlad Chiriches have missed out as they recover from injury while the World Cup players Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho who have not played in any pre-season games have been omitted as they continue to build up to full fitness.

Mauricio Pochettino: First Tottenham Team

Team: Lloris; Naughton, Dier, Kaboul (C), Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Lennon, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor

Subs: Friedel, Davies, Dawson, Holtby, Townsend, Kane, Soldado

  • In Walker’s absence, Kyle Naughton continues at right-back as he did through the final three months of last season.

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  • Eric Dier who had an impressive debut in central defence alongside Younes Kaboul last weekend against Schalke gets his opportunity for his Premier League debut with Vertonghen and Dawson out.
  • Danny Rose has held off the challenge of new signing Ben Davies to start at left-back.
  • Nabil Bentaleb starts along with Etienne Capoue in the defensive midfield role.
  • creativity will come from Aaron Lennon, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor starts as the lone striker with Roberto Soldado on the bench.
  • Michael Dawson and new signing Ben Davies are included among the substitutes.

Mauricio Pochettino has set out his standards and expectations for the team. Now it is up to the players in the manager’s first Tottenham team to deliver, starting against West Ham.

Pochettino’s team selection for the game cold give a first indication of which players could make a move out of Tottenham in the final weeks of the transfer window.