Unexpectedly, Harry Kane starts for Spurs at Colchester, captaining a much-changed side.
Christian Eriksen also surprisingly starts, as does Eric Dier, who partners Kevin Wimmer at centre back.
Nabil Bentaleb gets a rare start, coupled with Tom Carroll in central midfield. Nacer Chadli also starts after scoring twice in two games.
Prior to the game, news circulated that Fulham’s Moussa Dembele is set to sign for Tottenham, rejoining his current club on loan until the summer. Spurs could certainly do with him now so that Kane could be rested.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to all the team news.
— Ross. (@RossTweeting) January 30, 2016
Expected most of that XI but didn't see Eriksen or Kane starting + surprised to see Onomah on the bench. He's taking this seriously!
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) January 30, 2016
The XI a little stronger than what I would have imagined. Surprised to see the likes of Lamela, Eriksen and Kane start.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) January 30, 2016
#thfc Surprised Kane's starting and I thought Poch might play Alderweireld & Wimmer together to build the partnership, but strong side.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) January 30, 2016
Poch wants Spurs to win the FA Cup. So do I. #COYS
— Liquid Spurs (@LiquidSpurs) January 30, 2016
#thfc Important for Bentaleb to continue his comeback. We may be seeing more of Dier at CB while Vertonghen is out.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) January 30, 2016
Scenes when Kane gets injured & then we sign Dembele & loan him back to Fulham
— Bateseyboy (@Bateseyboy) January 30, 2016
signing a striker and loaning him straight back and then playing kane all in the same day, never change @SpursOfficial xoxoxox
— Billie (@Billie_T) January 30, 2016
Agree with @1MickyHazard that games don't fatigue players if they're managed properly in training
— Flav (@Flav_Bateman) January 30, 2016
Strong line up today & people who criticised Poch for not playing a strong team in the cups complaining we are playing strong team ?? #Coys
— Adam Osper (@AdamOsper) January 30, 2016
Strong team …surprised to see Eriksen Kane & Lamela starting …Glad Toby given a rest #COYS
— Bozza (@adelaideYid_AUS) January 30, 2016
Happy with the side, taking this seriously #Coys
— Shaun (@ShaunBiggs1) January 30, 2016
— James Dickens (@JamesN11) January 30, 2016