How Tottenham will line-up in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first match in charge this weekend

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Nuno Espirito Santo will take charge of Tottenham Hotspur in his first match just 11 days after meeting most of his players for the first time.

Spurs travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon, 3pm kick-off, to compete for the JE3 Foundation Trophy.

The JE3 Foundation, set up in memory of former Spurs defender and Orient manager Justin Edinburgh, aims to support UK heart health charities and to campaign for legislative change – Justin’s Law – to make it compulsory for all health, fitness, and sports facilities to be equipped with a Public Access Defibrillator.

From every match ticket sold, £2 will be donated to The JE3 Foundation.

For Espirito Santo, he will be focused on choosing his first ever starting XI as the head coach of Tottenham.

The game will be primarily about increasing his players’ fitness after such a short amount of time in pre-season but it will also provide him with a chance to start getting his methods, philosophy and team shape worked on.

The Portuguese will have benefited from having many players back in training already as less than normal were called up for international competition.

In goal, Joe Hart is likely to step between the sticks with Hugo Lloris resting after the Euros, while Alfie Whiteman could well get some game time.

At right-back, Matt Doherty is ready to get started under his former Wolves boss, while Japhet Tanganga is working his way back from injury.

Serge Aurier is expected to return to training this week which may come too late to be involved at the weekend. Having also stated that he wants to leave Spurs, the club may not wish to risk him getting injured in friendlies either.

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In central defence, Eric Dier is the only senior centre-back back although Tanganga can play there if fit, with Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon and Toby Alderweireld, who has also asked to leave the club, now on their holidays.

There are returning players from loan in Cameron Carter-Vickers, TJ Eyoma and Jubril Okedina who all can play at centre-back alongside Dier.

At left-back, even with Ben Davies on holiday, there are plenty of options in Sergio Reguilon, Ryan Sessegnon and U23s teenager Dennis Cirkin.

In central midfield, Espirito Santo will have Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and then younger players like Harvey White and Nile John to choose from.

Oliver Skipp is set to join in with full training this week following his foot surgery so could play some part on Sunday.

Alfie Devine has been training with the U23s as normal due to the sheer number of first team midfielders back already, but Espirito Santo could bring the talented 16-year-old into his first team training sessions to look at him as pre-season wears on.

In the attacking midfield slots, there are plenty of options with Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Jack Clarke and plenty of academy options to choose from.

Son Heung-min is set to return to the club this week and the sports science staff will have to inform Espirito Santo whether he is able to play any minutes so quickly.

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Up front, with Harry Kane now enjoying a well-earned rest, Espirito Santo has had 17-year-old Dane Scarlett in first team training and Troy Parrott, 19, is expected to join in this week after spending time with the U23s.

Lucas, Bergwijn and Son, if he plays, can all also play a role up front, as can Alli and Lamela if required.

Early friendlies often bring a blend of experience and youth in two different team selections in both halves so we’re going to pick a team for each half, although some could well get more than 45 minutes under their belts.

We’ve gone for a back four, despite Espirito Santo’s fondness for a back three at Wolves in his first two campaigns in the Premier League before switching back and forth from a back four last season.

That’s because with the Portuguese and managing director of football Fabio Paratici having to convince chairman Daniel Levy that the new head coach can adapt to play the attacking football he wants, using his time at Valencia with a back four as an example, it would be unusual to then pick teams with five defenders in them.

First half: (4-2-3-1) Hart; Doherty, Carter-Vickers, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, White; Lamela, Alli, Clarke; Lucas.

Second half: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman; Eyoma, Tanganga, Dier, Sessegnon; Winks, Skipp; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Scarlett.

Source by Football London

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