Conte starts Winks, formation tweak – How Tottenham could line up without Oliver Skipp vs Leeds

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Antonio Conte will have to change things about in terms of his Tottenham team when they return to Premier League action against Leeds United.

Persisting with the same XI for his first two games in charge against Vitesse and Everton, Oliver Skipp will not be available for the Leeds showdown after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

While a couple of those yellows have been very harsh to say the least, most notably the ones in the victories over Wolves and Aston Villa, Spurs will now have to wait until the following week at Burnley for the player to return to the XI.

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So how exactly could the Lilywhites line up in midfield when Marcelo Bielsa’s men make the trip south after the international break? football.london takes a look.

Winks recalled

Providing that Conte keeps faith with the 3-4-3 formation he has so far persisted with at Tottenham, he will then have a choice to make in regards to who partners Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield.

Having a handful of options to choose from in the middle of the park, Harry Winks will fancy his chances of earning a recall to the Tottenham team.

Barely featuring under Nuno Espirito Santo in the opening months of the season and left out of the matchday squad in the league three times by the Portuguese, the midfielder impressed in a 17-minute cameo off the bench against Vitesse last week.

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Harry Winks impressed for Tottenham in the European clash against Vitesse
Harry Winks impressed for Tottenham in the European clash against Vitesse

Perhaps unlucky not to come straight into the team against Everton going on how well he played, Winks could get the nod if he catches Conte’s eye over the international break as he is one of 11 first-team players set to remain at Hotspur Way after missing out on selection for his country.

Possible Spurs XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane, Son.

More attack-minded midfield

Tottenham once again struggled in the final third against Everton after failing to register a single shot on target.

Going close to a winner late on with Giovani Lo Celso striking the post with a curling effort, the Lilywhites did nothing of note to trouble Jordan Pickford.

With Conte having a lot to do at Tottenham to get the team back on track, one thing that will be right at the top of his priority list is to fix their attacking woes.

Rather than putting Winks in the team instead of Skipp, the head coach could look to add one of Tanguy Ndombele or Lo Celso to the starting XI in hope of addressing their problems in and around the opposition box.

Conte said Spurs made “many, many mistakes” with the final pass at Everton but things could improve if he goes with a more attack-minded midfield selection.

Possible Spurs XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane, Son.

Formation change

Conte could potentially change his thinking after the international break when it comes to his formation given their attacking problems.

Clearly missing someone to knit together midfield and attack, a change to a 3-4-1-2 formation could work wonders for the Lilywhites.

Already having plenty of width with Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal in the team, a formation tweak could be bad news for Lucas Moura as Son Heung-min would partner Harry Kane up top.

This would then allow Ndombele or Lo Celso to take on the No.10 role, with the other player then taking Skipp’s place in the heart of midfield and partnering Hojbjerg.

Tottenham would certainly have a more attack-minded midfield if they opted for this selection but it will all come down to what Conte believes is right to get the better of Leeds.

Possible Spurs XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Reguilon; Ndombele; Kane, Son

Source by Football London

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