Projecting Spurs Defense
We see some more rotation in the Tottenham defense but not in the position where Spurs need it most.
Left-back – Clement Lenglet
In the truest rotation on the team, it is Clement Lenglet’s turn to start after Ben Davies started against Sporting. Lenglet has played relatively well for Tottenham in his loan stint from Barcelona, but his weakness against a quick forward with a full head of steam was displayed against Newcastle. Lenglet will be looking to bounce back, like the entire team, against Bournemouth.
Center-back – Eric Dier
Maybe the player most in need of a little respite, but also the player least likely to get it is Eric Dier. He started the season strong but has been making mistakes of late that show he is wearing down. Dier has played all but 20 minutes for the team this season, according to trasfermarkt.com, mostly because Tottenham does not have a natural replacement for him on the team, which needs to be addressed in January.
Right-back – Davinson Sanchez
We are not wishing for Davinson Sanchez to start; we thought long and hard about Emerson starting here instead, but we stuck with the Columbian to start with Cristian Romero getting a break. Romero suffered a knock early in the season and has yet to recover fully. Had Spurs won on Wednesday, then Romero could play here and sit next week; instead, he gets his extra rest this weekend, and Sanchez gets another go.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
Spurs captain is suffering from the same condition everyone else is, overuse. However, Lloris’s overuse is not because he plays every game, which is normal for a goalkeeper; rather, the volume of participation Lloris has had over the last couple of weeks is problematic. It is one thing to ask Lloris to make 2-3 good saves a half; it is another to ask for 5-7. Spurs need to be on the front foot to play to Lloris’s strengths at this stage in his career.
Full Tottenham Projected XI to Face Bournemouth
That is who we think Conte will start; who do you have in Spurs 11?