How nice it is to have Romero back in contention. The Argentinian is raring to go after his long injury layoff and will come directly back into Conte’s first team. Conte will expect to enjoy the run of play at home against Brighton, offering a perfect chance for Romero to get some minutes before Wednesday’s encounter.
If Tottenham play well, Romero will be able to get on the ball often and not be forced into too many last-gasp challenges. Eric Dier and Ben Davies join Romero, reuniting Tottenham’s first-choice rearguard for the first time in almost three months.
New arrival Bentancur starts on the bench. The former Juventus midfielder’s work permit is all sorted (no surprise there), but he only arrived in the UK on Thursday. He doesn’t start merely because of his current circumstances. He’ll need a few days to get acclimated to his new surroundings. He’ll also need a chance to recover after the long journey back from South America, where he played as recently as Tuesday against Venezuela, a match in which he scored.
Bentancur will probably come in off the bench (if Spurs are in a strong position) to get some minutes under him before getting his full debut on Wednesday against Southampton. The customary Oliver Skipp and Pierre Hojbjerg partnership will be provided the responsibility to take control from kickoff.
Sonny, who is fit and ready to play, will be saved for Wednesday’s match. He might get 30 minutes off the bench on Saturday to get him back into the swing of things.
That means Kulusevski will secure his Tottenham debut, playing on his preferred role on the right in support of Harry Kane. Lucas Moura will be switched to the left side of the triumvirate, allowing Kulusevski the opportunity to consistently cut inside.
Kulusevski won’t start on Wednesday, though, making way for Sonny, Kane and Moura, who will still be Conte’s preferred trio.