There is now only one month to go until Man City make the trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Finishing last campaign in seventh after a win at Leicester City on the final day ensured a Europa Conference League spot, Tottenham are facing a big year as they look to climb back into the top four.
Nuno Espirito Santo is the new man at the helm after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and he is already getting down to work with his players at Hotspur Way as they aim for a fast start.
Helped by the fact that a large chunk of his squad weren’t picked for international football this summer and instead returned to training on the first day back, the head coach will have to do without the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Kane until they return from their summer break not long before the Man City opener.
So far not doing any transfer business in terms of incomings, all will be hoping that a few players come in through the door between now and the start of the new season.
So how will Tottenham line up against Pep Guardiola’s team as things stand and what positions could change over the coming weeks? football.london takes a look.
Tottenham XI vs Man City as things stand
Espirito Santo has some very good options at his disposal even if the worst case scenario happens and Tottenham don’t have any new signings in place before the first game.
With Hugo Lloris, as ever, between the sticks, Matt Doherty looks likely to come in at right-back having excelled under the new boss previously at Wolves.
The 47-year-old will then have a decision to make over his centre-backs as Toby Alderweireld is believed to have told the club some time ago he wants to leave this summer and Sanchez won’t be due back until towards the end of pre-season training.
That means a partnership of Eric Dier and Joe Rodon could be utilised as the boss will want some experience at the heart of defence against the league champions.
Sergio Reguilon will then hold off Ben Davies and Ryan Sessegnon to take the left-back spot.
In midfield, Hojbjerg is a certain starter after playing every minute of all 38 league games last season and he could be joined in there by Tanguy Ndombele, who has been at Hotspur Way since the first day back.
Lo Celso’s late return from the Copa America could count against him and work in the Frenchman’s favour as he looks to find his best form on a consistent basis.
Espirito Santo is then blessed with options in attack to play behind Harry Kane as he has the likes of Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura to select from on the right.
Dele Alli has been putting in the work over the summer and will be expected to start in the No.10 role if the ex-Wolves boss is to operate with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Son Heung-min then an automatic starter on the left.
Current Tottenham XI vs Man City: Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Ndombele; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Kane.
The positions that could change before Man City
There is likely to be some movement at right-back over the coming weeks with Serge Aurier making it clear that he will not sign a new contract and wants to depart.
Tottenham have been in talks with Bologna for versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and it appears to be a deal that has a good chance of going through as Spurs look to secure him for less than £20million.
However, the Japanese international is representing his country at the Olympic Games this month and could potentially return quite late in pre-season if they go all the way in the competition.
This is a priority position for Tottenham this summer and new managing director of football Fabio Paratici will be trying his best to solve it.
Looking to bring in an addition or two at centre-back prior to the deadline, Spurs have been linked with players such as Joachim Andersen, Jules Kounde and Nikola Milenkovic so far.
A new centre-back will be expected to start if they are signed in good time ahead of the Man City encounter and then it is up to Espirito Santo who starts at the back.
Not a pressing priority for Tottenham right now but they could do with bringing in another creative player.
Spurs just haven’t replaced Christian Eriksen following his move to Inter Milan in January 2020 and they need to ease the pressure on Kane’s shoulders in terms of creating chances for his teammates.
A versatile player who can also operate from the right would be welcome as Erik Lamela’s future is still uncertain as he is now in the final year of his contract.
Tottenham do also need to bring in a new striker before the end of next month as they simply cannot have Kane as their only out-and-out frontman.
Espirito Santo has youngsters Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott, if he doesn’t go out on loan in 2021/22, to choose from but he cannot put too much pressure on the young duo due to their tender years.
The boss has operated with two upfront at Wolves previously and that is something he needs to decide on before the Man City game.