GIOVANI LO CELSO could be the man to replace Christian Eriksen in Tottenham’s starting XI if the Danish playmaker departs the club.
The ex-Ajax star – who has just one year left on his deal in North London – has been heavily linked with a move away as Daniel Levy looks to avoid losing him on a free.
It has been claimed that the 27-year-old will only leave should one of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Juventus come in for him.
ESPN state that the attacking midfielder is still keen to make the move out of Spurs before the European transfer window slams shut on September 2.
But how will Mauricio Pochettino’s men line-up after the January transfer window when they can finally buy players again?
A move for Paulo Dybala appears unlikely after the Old Lady blocked the Argentinian’s switch to Spurs on deadline day.
While Sporting Lisbon ace Bruno Fernandes has been ‘offered to Los Blancos’ after Tottenham passed up the opportunity to nab him.
And after bringing in Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele this summer, Pochettino could opt against making any further signings in the New Year.
Hugo Lloris will retain his place between the sticks, with right-back Kyle Walker-Peters to remain in the line-up after starting in the opening two games.
Toby Alderweireld – another player with just a year left – could start at centre-back with Davinson Sanchez, with teenage starlet Ryan Sessegnon shifted to left-back, despite playing last year as a left winger for Fulham.
The 19-year-old is currently out injured and is yet to make his debut for the Tottenham, but big things are expected of the youngster.
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Club-record signing Ndombele will likely be the club’s anchor in the middle of midfield, keeping the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks out of the side.
Sitting in front of the Frenchman could be Lo Celso and Dele Alli, with Erik Lamela to be alternated in the starting XI as Spurs look to juggle playing in four competitions.
A front three could consist of Harry Kane leading the line, with Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura playing either side of the England captain.
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