Tottenham Midfield Projections
We expect Spurs to stay on Conte’s preferred formation, leaving us with four across the midfield, with three bringing some experience.
Left-wing-back – Ryan Sessegnon
Considering the person most likely to start if Ryan Sessegnon does not – Ivan Perisic- plays against Brazil on Friday, it seems expected Sessegnon will start. Matt Doherty could come over to the left side and see some minutes during the match, but assuming Sessegnon is available, expect to see him on the left.
Central-midfield – Yves Bissouma
It took some time to earn the Conte’s trust, but Yves Bissouma was finally receiving some minutes before the break. Tottenham will need him and his midfield partner to contribute for the rest of the season, and Friday gives Bissouma a chance to show he can be a contributor.
Central-midfield – Oliver Skipp
Speaking of someone who will want to show they can contribute, Oliver Skipp is another player who has spent most of the season on the outside looking in. Hopefully, now fully recovered physically and mentally from a difficult injury last season; it would be nice to see Skipp put in a strong shift.
Right-wing-back – Djed Spence
Maybe this is more hope than it knows anything about what Conte will do, but if Royal drops to play right back, that opens a hole for Djed Spence to play wing-back. Although Lucas Moura is presumably available to play wing-back, given the absence of available attacking options, Lucas will likely play up top, giving Spence the opportunity many fans have been waiting for.