Bale starts, Lamela in, Alderweireld out – The Tottenham team Mourinho should pick vs West Ham
Tottenham romped to victory this evening against Wolfsberger in the Europa League, putting four past the Austrian side and only conceding one in return.
The Lilywhites got off to a good start in the 13th minute when Gareth Bale set up a terrific Heung-min Son header to open the scoring.
Gareth Bale went on to grab a well-taken goal of his own later in the first-half and the Welshman consistently linked up well with the South Korea.
After the game, Son spoke of his good relationship with Bale and claimed that he was happy to see the on-loan Real Madrid star getting minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways in the Europa League on Thursday night and now they must do the same in the Premier League.
Spurs put four goals past Austrian side Wolfsberger in midweek and they must take some momentum from that into their derby at West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho was able to rest certain players, or at least prevent them from playing 90 minutes of football, while others staked their claim for a start on Sunday.
Here are the teams our Spurs reporters believe the head coach might be tempted to select to face the Hammers as he makes some tough decisions:
Mourinho has three absent players he cannot call upon in full-backs Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier as well as attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
Harry Kane, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele will all come back into the starting line-up, while Ben Davies will likely continue on the left.
At right-back, Mourinho must decide between Matt Doherty, who was involved in two of Spurs’ goals on Wednesday night, and Japhet Tanganga, who was a rare bright spot of the defeat at Manchester City.
In central defence, the head coach will be tempted to stick with Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier but Mourinho, like Mauricio Pochettino before him, is often reluctant to play the 31-year-old Belgian twice in quick succession due to his serious hamstring injury a few years ago.
Mourinho put all the pressure on Gareth Bale to make himself available to start again on Sunday after his promising display against Wolfsberger, which brought a goal and an assist.
Erik Lamela could also come back into the starting line-up after recent positive performances.
Gold’s team: Lloris; Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Ndombele; Bale, Lamela, Son; Kane.