Aurier and Kane Start against West Ham United
Tottenham will line up as follows:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 4, 2018
West Ham will face them with this team:
3️⃣ changes for the Hammers and Chicharito starts… pic.twitter.com/R9YYyhjgD0
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 4, 2018
Kane Fit to Start
Harry Kane will start against West Ham, after suffering an illness in the last week. He was still able to feature and notch an assist against Swansea, but he did look off the pace. Clearly, he has made a rapid recovery and is well enough to play in this derby match. After his record-breaking 2017, he will be hoping to grab his first goals of 2018. He has been very important so far this season in Spurs’ derby matches and has been especially effective against West Ham, notching two goals in the reverse fixture.
Davies Continues to Replace Rose
Danny Rose has suffered a recurrence of his knee injury and thus has been ruled out for tonight’s game. Instead, Ben Davies starts in his place. He had a solid match last time out against his old club, Swansea. The difficult conditions suited his gritted, physical playing style. His final product wasn’t brilliant, though. In tonight’s match, he must improve when providing an attacking outlet out wide.
Tonight, Serge Aurier has been favoured ahead of Kieran Trippier. Pochettino may be simply rotating his fullbacks here, as Aurier and Trippier tend to swap. Furthermore, Aurier may be a better selection for this match, since his pace matches that of Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang. It will be interesting to see if Aurier can prove that his selection was a good one. In this competitive squad, every performance counts.
Spurs will play three games in six days and will face West Ham tonight just 48 hours after playing away at Swansea. Some fans argue that this isn’t as bad as it seems. After all, the club did not play last weekend. This kind of fixture congestion is completely unnecessary, though, since the game was rescheduled to be shown live on TV. For fans, this may be a comfort, although, for the players, this really is an inconvenience. It could be argued that professional players should be able to cope with this. Indeed, they should do, but nevertheless, their efforts will be affected. There is a limit to what the human body can achieve, and especially after the heavy rain soaked pitch at the Liberty Stadium, some of the players will be feeling sore after the win at Swansea.