Projecting Spurs Midfield
Tottenham continues with the four-person midfield, and we see a few names that should excite some fans.
Left-wing-back – Ryan Sessegnon
Having not started since before the World Cup break due to injury, it would be an excellent time for Ryan Sessegnon to get back on the field. Sessegnon logged a few minutes against Palace but needs to knock off the rust and provide a natural alternative on the left for Conte. Playing against Portsmouth provides an excellent opportunity to get some work in.
Central midfield – Pape Matar Sarr
We think Paper Matar Sarr should start in a move that will hopefully happen and excite fans. While Yves Bissouma is available, and so is Pierre Hojbjerg, it is a rare chance, and Conte needs to give Sarr that opportunity. The Senegalese midfielder looked comfortable on the ball against Palace and will hopefully do more against Pompey.
Central midfield – Oliver Skipp
Like Sarr, a player in need of some minutes in the midfield is Oliver Skipp. After being a mainstay for the start of Conte’s campaign, Skipp has only started three matches since picking up an injury last January. Skipp was okay against Palace but will want to show more against a team where he should.
Right-wing-back – Djed Spence
Maybe it is wishful to think Djed Spence will start at right-wing-back, but it seems to make sense. While Emerson Royal is the regular alternative to Matt Doherty, like with Sarr, Skipp, and White, this is a chance to get some much-needed minutes to someone who gets very few, and Spurs need to leverage that opportunity. Even if to get minutes to get a loan, Spence needs to be on the pitch.