Danny Rose will miss Tottenham’s clash with Southampton through illness, with Ben Davies replacing the left back in the starting eleven.
Mousa Dembele also returns to the lineup, partnering Eric Dier in central midfield. It look as if Dele Alli will play a more advanced role alongside Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
Tom Carroll is on the bench having started against Newcastle last week. Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli are also among the substitutes.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the team news.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 19, 2015
Dembele back in the team. Really missed him last Sunday. #COYS
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) December 19, 2015
— Kenny Palmer (@KennyPalmer) December 19, 2015
Great to have Dembélé back – didn't think I'd ever say that! We'll miss Rose but Davies has been good this year.Good to see Winks in the 18.
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) December 19, 2015
No Danny Rose, no party.
— Jake. (@YedIin) December 19, 2015
#thfc Dembele's return is good news and Davies has been playing well recently, looking much more confident & posing a threat in final third.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) December 19, 2015
Need an improvement from Vertonghen against Pelle who is probably the best header of the ball in the PL.
— Alan (@hotspur423) December 19, 2015
— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) December 19, 2015
Really don't like Alli & Eriksen playing together in the 3 behind Kane
— Ian M. Walker (@ForgottenLibero) December 19, 2015
praying Alli holds with Dier and Dembele is in a more advanced role
— Jack (@EriksenGoal) December 19, 2015
Thank fuck Dembele is back #coys
— Aaron Schmulinsohn (@suicidebridge) December 19, 2015
So happy Dembele is back!! Missed him big time last week! Huge player for us now. https://t.co/7ZfMi1hZoW
— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) December 19, 2015
Can't underestimate importance of Dembele's return to starting XI. Hoping he can pick from where he left off before he got injured.
— Kwame Idan Raul (@Kwameidan) December 19, 2015
— Darron Weedall (@Tweedalldumb) December 19, 2015