Tottenham projected midfield
We see a little change in the Tottenham Hotspur engine room. This is not because anything is not working, in fact, Pierre Højbjerg played his best game in months and Dele Alli was dangerous. As for Giovani Lo Celso, he was not bad and had his moments on Sunday against Wolves but the sentimentality of seeing his mate run out – potentially for the last time – as a starter in front of the fans will be too much for Mason to resist.
Alli – Attacking midfield
Dele Alli was nearly a second striker against Wolves, which is close to his best position. Rather than playing off Kane, it is about Kane playing off Dele, with the midfielder leading the charge with the press and pressure and looking to distribute and make plays around the box. We have seen Dele be good in stretches and we need to hope it can continue for a week more.
Højbjerg – Defensive midfield
Pierre Højbjerg looked like the player Spurs had at the start of the season against Wolves and it paid huge dividends with a goal and an assist. Whether it was truly a case of Højbjerg just needing a little rest or Wolves being that bad we are more likely to find out on Wednesday. The Dane will have his hands full with a recently fit-again Jack Grealish leading the Villa midfield. If Højbjerg can dominate as he did against Wolves, Grealish is likely to have a quiet day.
Winks – Defensive midfield
Ryan Mason sticks to the two-man deep midfield but makes a small change inserting Harry Winks in for Giovani Lo Celso. More than an issue with how Lo Celso has played, Winks is an academy product and fan favorite. Given the chances that Winks may even depart in the summer, giving the Hemel Hempstead native one last start seems about right for Mason and his Tottenham way approach.