December 5, 2023

With two games scheduled for this week, Ange Postecoglou and his Tottenham players will have a busy schedule. Spurs conclude their week three days later with a tantalizing match at home against Newcastle United. Spurs returned to action on Thursday night after their 3-3 draw at Man City, facing West Ham at home.


Postecoglou and his team will approach each game as they always have, with the primary goal being to defeat West Ham. Spurs will be hoping that their run of poor performance ends against David Moyes’ team, as they have failed to win in their last four Premier League games.


The Lilywhites will enter the game with confidence despite their recent losing streak after earning a valuable point at Man City. Therefore, is it possible that Postecoglou will alter his Tottenham squad for the match against West Ham? Below, looks.


Romero Cristian for Emerson After receiving a red card against Chelsea at the beginning of November, Royal Romero will be available for play on Thursday night for the first time in a month. After being sent off in the first half for a poor challenge, the player was suspended for three matches.


Romero has had to wait a while to play for Tottenham again because the last international break of 2023 falls one week after the loss to Chelsea. Postecoglou will have an easy time selecting the World Cup winner to start in place of Emerson Royal now that he is healthy enough to do so.


Romero has been a huge miss in the last three games, and if he hadn’t been sent off in the London derby, the outcome might have been different. Both his defensive skills and his ability to create plays out of the back have been greatly missed, as evidenced by the head coach’s decision to start two full-backs in the center of defense.


The 28-year-old has struggled mightily to find Premier League starts thus far this season, with just two coming against Fulham and Wolves. Hojbjerg has undoubtedly placed himself in a strong position to be featured, but Postecoglou’s work with Bryan Gil could ultimately determine this.


The Spaniard struggled to have a significant impact on the game as he faced Kyle Walker down his flank, despite playing a crucial role in Tottenham’s opening weekend match in Manchester. Spurs’ head coach will now decide whether the winger stays in the starting lineup or moves Dejan Kulusevski back to the front after the player has started the team’s last two games.


Consequently, Hojbjerg would have the chance to return to the starting lineup. Postecoglou may also have the option of using Pape Matar Sarr, but that will depend on how well he recovers from his most recent injury.


Sarr isn’t expected to be at full fitness for the upcoming holiday season, so it might be wiser to ease him back in for the time being rather than throwing him back into the starting lineup right away.


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