Academy ace handed Spurs debut, formation change – The Tottenham team Nuno must pick vs NS Mura


Tottenham return to European action on Thursday evening with Slovenian side NS Mura making the trip to the capital.

Unable to win their first Europa Conference League group game after a 2-2 draw in Rennes, Nuno Espirito Santo’s team need to return to winning ways after a nightmare month.

A victory will give the team a much-needed lift ahead of this weekend’s crucial Premier League match at home to Aston Villa, especially after what unfolded at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday in the North London Derby.

Likely to change things about in Europe to give those on the periphery of the team a chance, the likes of Dane Scarlett, Nile John and Dilan Markanday could come into the head coach’s thinking.

So who will Espirito Santo name in his Spurs team against NS Mura? We got our Tottenham correspondents Alasdair Gold, Rob Guest and Emma de Duve to name the team they would like to see start in N17.

Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent

Nuno Espirito Santo needs to get the positive feeling going again at Tottenham, starting with this match against Mura.

It’s a chance to use players who have shown that bit of desire and drive and those who deserve a chance.

Oliver Skipp and Bryan Gil deserve to come in to the team and Joe Rodon must be hoping he finally gets to start a match again.

Elsewhere, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso will likely get more game time while Espirito Santo will choose between Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty at right-back.



Emerson Royal could return to the Tottenham starting XI on Thursday
Emerson Royal could return to the Tottenham starting XI on Thursday

Elsewhere, he must pick between getting players fitter and sharper through minutes or giving others chances.

I’d also go back to a 4-2-3-1 to get the best out of Tottenham.

Gold’s team: Gollini; Emerson, Romero, Rodon, Davies; Skipp, Ndombele; Lucas, Lo Celso, Gil; Kane.

Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter

This is Tottenham’s easiest group game on paper and Nuno Espirito Santo should use the occasion to give youth a chance and also test out the 4-2-3-1 formation Spurs have favoured in recent years.

With Pierluigi Gollini once again starting in goal in Europe and Ben Davies at left-back, Emerson Royal should start ahead of Matt Doherty on the right as Tottenham look to get him up to speed.

Joe Rodon and Cristian Romero both didn’t start at Arsenal and therefore should be the centre-back partnership as they look to make their case ahead of Aston Villa.

In midfield, Oliver Skipp should definitely come in after only playing 45 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and be paired alongside Giovani Lo Celso in the midfield two.

The change in formation can bring out the best of Dele Alli in his favoured No.10 role, with Bryan Gil to his left and Dilan Markanday handed his senior Tottenham bow on the right.

Spurs fans are desperate to see more of Dane Scarlett and this is his perfect chance to lead the line.

Guest’s team: Gollini; Emerson, Rodon, Romero, Davies; Skipp, Lo Celso; Markanday, Alli, Gil; Scarlett



Dane Scarlett will be intent on adding to his solitary Premier League appearance over the course of the season
Dane Scarlett’s chance in Europe could come against NS Mura

Emma de Duve – Tottenham Hotspur reporter

After the awful performance on Sunday, a lot of improvements need to be made for Nuno Espirito Santo to keep his job long term. Pierluigi Gollini in goal I think is an obvious choice as he has played in all Europa Conference League games so far.

In the back four, I think Joe Rodon deserves more of a chance and both he and Cristian Romero need more game time so I think this is a good opportunity to get that.

With NS Mura seeming like the weakest team in the group, I would allow Ben Davies to get some minutes under his belt and I think Emerson Royal still needs to get used to playing with the team.

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After not featuring in the North London Derby, I think Giovani Lo Celso needs some more minutes to try and show he deserves a place in the starting XI. Oliver Skipp came on against Arsenal and showed energy and desire so should be playing.

Further up the field I would include Son Heung-min just to ensure there is a regular starter in the line-up, Bryan Gil also came on at the Emirates Stadium and showed some quality so should start.

Dilan Markanday and Dane Scarlett have both been in matchday squads for the first team this season and have been doing well for the U23s. I think this is the perfect game to give them a chance and I would like to see a couple more of the academy youngsters on the bench too.

de Duve’s team: Gollini; Emerson, Romero, Rodon, Davies; Skipp, Lo Celso; Markanday, Gil, Son; Scarlett





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