Tottenham midfield projections
We can expect about as much rotation in the midfield as there was in the defence with the majority of the players being swapped. After the all-out effort from Sunday, it is probably good to get the wide players in particular a rest.
Left wing-back – Ryan Sessegnon
Playing just over 10 minutes against Leeds, Ryan Sessegnon looked healthy, fit, and strong. He was unable to show off his speed, which was once a real asset, but he did demonstrate a willingness to fight for the ball and showed a confidence not seen in some time. Thursday will be a big opportunity for the young left-sider, let’s hope he can take it.
Center-midfield – Tanguy Ndombele
Speaking of opportunities we hope are taken, Tanguy Ndombele getting the chance to play in the middle of the park is certainly one of them Ndombele was called out in the press conference before Leeds as one of the players that needed to work extra hard to fit within the structure and meet the requirements of Conte’s system. Thursday against a team he should rightfully dominate, Ndombele gets his first chance under Conte.
Center-midfield – Harry Winks
The question with this position is if Oliver Skipp goes in after his suspension or if Winks keeps the role with Skipp returning on the weekend. Our bet is that Winks gets another chance to show he can play the kind of football Conte is looking for. Traditionally, Winksy has done well against lesser teams and Thursday should be no exception.
Right wing-back – Matt Doherty
The right wing-back position is one where any one of several players could get the call on Thursday. Emerson Royal has been the top choice thus far for Conte and that could continue for the Brazilian with seemingly limitless stamina. Japhet Tanganga could get another opportunity to play after getting some good minutes at back versus Leeds. However, Matt Doherty seems the one player most in need of a chance to show his worth and value to the team and gets the call in Slovenia.