Attack: Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane
With Alli’s effectiveness finding itself closer and closer to the frontman and Spurs utilising the energy of their full backs to great effect, it makes sense for Pochettino to deploy creative minds such as Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen in wide areas, with a view to roaming inwards and opening avenues for the overlap.
In Eriksen, Tottenham have their chief creator in the Premier League, assisting 13 times throughout the last campaign, whereas Lamela’s efficiency grows year after year following a tough start to life at White Hart Lane in 2013, contributing with 11 goals and ten assists in all competitions for Spurs last season.
There’s added depth in Son Heung-Min and Nacer Chadli in wide areas, but the centrepiece still lies up top in the name of Kane. The striker may have a few demons to overcome after England’s summer devastation, but after a slow start in 2015/16, Kane rose to take the Premier League’s Golden Boot award with 25 goals.
Spurs could ask for little else than a similar return from their official number ten, meanwhile Kane will also see competition for his position increase with the £17 million arrival of Dutch forward Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar.
It’s always difficult to judge Eredivisie imports – for every Ruud van Nistelrooy there’s an Afonso Alves – but 27 goals in 34 league appearances remains an outstanding statistic for a man who 24 months ago was gearing up for the new season as an Almere City striker in the second tier of Dutch football, going on to become the Netherlands’ go-to-guy at international level after little less than a year of top-flight football.
The 22-year-old adds to a hungry Tottenham side that, as last year taught us, can’t be ignored in dispute for the top spots of the Premier League.