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4 ways that Tottenham Hotspur could line up after the transfer window | Premier League 2020-21

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho now has plenty of options following the transfer window
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho now has plenty of options following the transfer window
Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 13 Oct 2020, 22:29 IST
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After having made a number of impressive signings during the recent transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur are expected to have a strong season by fans and pundits alike.

Not only was Jose Mourinho able to sign key targets such as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Carlos Vinicius and Matt Doherty, but Tottenham have also been able to ink a deal to bring back Gareth Bale from Real Madrid on a season-long loan deal.

With an extremely deep squad thanks to these new reinforcements, Mourinho now has plenty of ways he could line his Tottenham side up. Here are 4 of them.


#1 4-3-3

Mourinho has preferred to use a 4-3-3 formation since arriving at Tottenham
Mourinho has preferred to use a 4-3-3 formation since arriving at Tottenham

A 4-3-3 formation is arguably the Premier League’s most popular right now, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all making use of it. And since he arrived at Tottenham in November 2019, Mourinho has been no different.

In this 4-3-3 line-up, Mourinho has options in defence, but in this version we could see a back four of Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Matt Doherty. That would allow the Portuguese boss to use another favoured tactic of his – with Davies, Sanchez and Dier forming a back three to cover Doherty’s raids down the right flank.

In midfield, meanwhile, Mourinho would likely favour a duo of deeper-lying midfielders with one more attack-focused one ahead of them. The most likely trio in that case would be holding man Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, metronome Harry Winks, and playmaker Giovani Lo Celso.

Of course, the trio of attackers are where this line-up really shines. Mourinho could now call upon a front three of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Gareth Bale. Together, the three could be seen as the Premier League’s most dangerous set of attackers and strike fear into defences all over the land.

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#2 3-4-3

Switching Tottenham to a 3-4-3 system could allow Mourinho to make the most of his wing-backs
Switching Tottenham to a 3-4-3 system could allow Mourinho to make the most of his wing-backs

Considering Tottenham now have a pair of excellent wing-backs to call upon, Mourinho could well end up plumping for a 3-4-3 formation. This would allow plenty of defensive stability while also allowing Spurs to use their trademark free-flowing attacks.

The Portuguese could call upon a back three of Toby Alderweireld, Dier and Sanchez, although Davies could also play on that left side. Doherty and new signing Sergio Reguilon would then act as flying wing-backs on either flank.

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Mourinho would likely want his midfield duo to have steel, strength and style, and a pairing of Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele could work perfectly. Hojbjerg could use his defensive skills to win the ball back, feeding it to Ndombele to make his trademark runs up the pitch.

Finally, the same front trio as the 4-3-3 formation – Son, Kane and Bale – would be likely to start in the biggest games. Of course, Mourinho could also call upon the talents of his other forwards too – names such as Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Carlos Vinicius – should one of his first choice forwards need a rest.

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Published 13 Oct 2020, 22:29 IST
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