And it begins, a new era and Angelos Postecoglou will take charge of his first game in his home country Australia tomorrow as we start prep for the next season. Tottenham are going to take on West Ham at the Optus Stadium in Perth.
The Europa Conference League winners are yet to make any impactful signing and have lost their tailbone in Declan Rice to our neighbours. But facing a David Moyes side is always tricky – they let you push them down at times and transit within seconds to cause problems to the defence. Should be a decent test come tomorrow.
And in anticipation of the upcoming pre-season friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham let’s get down and predict lineup for the game. There is an air of excitement this time around – finally a defined style of play that the supporters can get behind. Fingers Crossed, ay?
Let’s get into the lineup then:
Starting with the man donning gloves: expecting us to get first look at Guglielmo Vicario tomorrow. With Lloris gone and Foster apparently nursing an injury – Vicario seems the only option.
Now the defensive line, before I pick anyone here – I want to acknowledge Levy need to get some heads in that central defensive spot. On the right-wing-back role, both Pedro Porro and Emerson suits that and who starts will be interesting. I’d start Porro. Alongside him, maybe a partnership of Cuti and Tanganga. Cuti is the best defender we have and I want us to give Tanganga his chances before even considering to sell him. On that left-back role, many would feel Sergi Reguilon take that spot but I’d give it to Destiny Udogie – he is finally donning that Spurs badge and I couldn’t be more excited…
Coming to the midfield, a midfield trio of Hojbjerg, Bissouma and James Maddison. Maybe Ndombele is given a chance considering how good he has been when he was away. His remontada at Tottenham would be such a lovely thing – highly talented, moving for big money, struggled to set it, went away cleared his head and now he’s back. We are definitely watching Maddison making his debut tomorrow bar any late injury concerns.
Moving to the front three, is this even a debate? Harry Kane starts (i don’t know if he’s moving or now but while he’s here – let’s enjoy him). Heung-Min Son on the left and Kulu on the right. The roles of Son and Kulusevski will be interesting.
Bill’s Tottenham Predicted XI vs West Ham:
[AUTHOR NOTE: Predicting pre-season lineup especially for the first game back is difficult. I have predicted based on training and personal opinion based on the style of play I am expecting us to intake. Lineup may change during the game, with one team playing the first half and the other the second half, or a combination of first-team and apparent back-ups.]