Few Decisions for Mourinho in Tottenham Hotspur Projected XI

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Hotspur Forwards

We normally start in the back in our projected XI, but today we start in the front, as all three players across the frontline are different than those who started midweek. While Tottenham ended with the Son, Kane, Moura front three, none played in the first half and there was less than 30 minutes left when Kane finally came on. With anything short of three points acceptable, Mourinho goes with the front three he most trusts.

Son Heung-Min (LW) – Heung-Min Son had moments midweek and given his penchant for scoring this season, it felt more likely than not that the South Korean would find a breakthrough. However, the breakthrough never came, and Son and Tottenham lost in Europa League. That said, Son’s scoring rate has been quite incredible thus far in the season. While he is not beating as many people on the dribble to set up others, his conversion work has been off the charts, so of course he starts in League.

Harry Kane (ST) – Harry Kane was the in case of emergency break glass fifth substitute midweek. Much like Eriksen last season – but for FAR different reasons – at this point Jose would prefer not to have to play his talisman in Europe and give Carlos Vinicius an opportunity. That may have passed after this past week’s loss and regardless, this is the Premier League, unless he cannot play for physical reasons, Harry Kane has been playing great and should always in the starting XI in the League.

Lucas Moura (RW) – Lucas Moura gets one more start, mostly because it is quite clear Gareth Bale is not ready for major minutes. If any non-regular starting wide player earned more minutes this past week it was Steven Bergwijn, but Bergwijn plays mostly on the left and Moura gets one, maybe two more starts in League with an eye of having Bale at 100% for Manchester City following the next international break in less than 10 days.