Date: 13th August 2019 at 6:31pm
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Tottenham Hotspur started the season with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa – though they have much to thank Christian Eriksen for.

The 27-year-old started on the bench but his introduction on 64 minutes transformed the game.

Before this Mauricio Pochettino had lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with the midfield three consisting of Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks. Good enough on paper but on the pitch they did not perform.

Spurs struggled to break down a stubborn Aston Villa side – and the midfield three lacked any sense of urgency or creativity.

This all changed when Eriksen was brought on – but what that first 64 minutes showed is that Ndombele and Sissoko cannot be played together this season.

Sissoko was one of Tottenham’s best players last season; however, Ndombele is better in almost every aspect of the game, particularly goals and assists.

Last season the 22-year-old scored three goals and provided eight assists – while Sissoko didn’t score and provided four assists.

This extra goal contribution from midfield could be crucial for Spurs – and the game on Saturday showed the difference between the two when it comes to finishing.

Ndombele cracked in a superb curling strike to bring his side level – while Sissoko managed to put a shot out for a throw-in from the six-yard box, it was impressive that a Premier League footballer managed to do that.

As well as this Pochettino rates Winks very highly – and he will be a prominent part of Tottenham’s midfield this season, and with Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli still to come back one of Sissoko or Ndombele will have to miss out.

Let’s be honest it is hardly going to be Spurs’ new record signing is it?

It, therefore, seems that it will be Sissoko who will be dropped – it will certainly be better than trying to play both Ndombele and Sissoko together.

 

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