Tottenham midfield projections to face West Ham
Although only a few changes are likely to happen in defense, there are likely to be several changes in the Tottenham midfield. Given the volume of running these layers do, seeing a lot of change in the middle of the park should not surprise anyone.
Left-wing-back – Ivan Perisic
After starting consecutive matches, Perisic again gets the nod for West Ham. Ryan Sessegnon may make sense here, but starting Sessegnon this coming weekend against Fulham and having Perisic a bit fresher for the Champions League next week makes sense. To do that, Perisic plays on just a few days’ rest on a limited minute count.
Center-midfield – Pierre Hojbjerg
After doing a bit of everything against Forest, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be back in the line-up to do it over again versus West Ham. With Oliver Skipp still not recovered from injury, the depth at midfield is a bit thin, and it looked like Rodrigo Bentancur may have picked up a small knock, so Hojbjerg goes on little rest, but that is nothing new for the Danish midfielder.
Center-midfield – Yves Bissouma
After only seeing a few spot minutes in the first four matches of the season, summer signing Yves Bissouma gets his first Tottenham start. With Bentancur seemingly picking up a knock in the last match, it makes no sense to push Bentancur, giving Conte the perfect opportunity to insert Bissouma. Given the strength of West Ham’s midfield, it may be a great time for Bissouma’s introduction.
Right-wing-back – Matt Doherty
With Lucas Moura unavailable, it seems time for Matt Doherty to get some minutes. Assuming Doc’s knee is up to the task, it would be a good opportunity to get him into the action. Doherty provides a different attacking threat than Royal; if Conte wants to push West Ham, having more attack is a good thing.