Team news is in for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Stoke City and having knocked on the door for so long, Harry Kane finally gets his chance to start in what has become a fairly familiar formation. The other big news is that Andros Townsend comes in at the expense of Erik Lamela, having impressed while playing on his natural flank against Asteras in the week.
The starting XI reads,
Lloris, Naughton, Fazio, Kaboul, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend, Kane
And our subs,
Vorm, Dier, Vertonghen, Dembele, Lamela, Adebayor, Soldado
Eyebrows will no doubt be raised at the inclusion of Fazio ahead of Vertonghen – another issue to debate. Elsewhere, has Pochettino got it right by playing Kane and Townsend from the start and would this have been a perfect opportunity to play two up front?