Antonio Conte and his Tottenham coaching staff will be using their time very wisely over the international break as they look to stamp their mark on the club.
Having very limited hours on the training pitch last week with games against Vitesse and Everton to prepare for, it won’t be until just over a week when the team are next in action due to the current pause in play.
Leeds United are the visitors for Conte’s first Premier League home game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and he will be intent on collecting three points as he looks to kickstart Spurs’ season.
A total of 11 of the first-team squad are currently at Hotspur Way having missed out on an international call-up, with the rest of the players all across the globe playing in the latest batch of games.
The break really has come at the worst possible time for Conte as he would undoubtedly like to spend a good chunk of time with his players at Hotspur Way to get his ideas across and get his side playing his way.
Having stuck with the same XI in his first two games in charge, the 52-year-old will be forced to change things up with Oliver Skipp absent for the Leeds game due to suspension.
So what will be his strongest Tottenham team going forward after the international break?
Well, one thing for certain is that Hugo Lloris will carry on between the sticks for Tottenham.
Although Spurs’ form has been incredibly mixed to say the least this term, the Frenchman’s performances have been very consistent and he has made a number of key saves in matches.
Conte has so far opted for a three-man defence and this is likely to be the plan going forward having utilised the setup at both Chelsea and Inter Milan.
Cristian Romero is another certain starter for Spurs on the right of Eric Dier, with Ben Davies continuing on the left of the back three.
The Welshman may not be who some fans would opt for in the position but he has plenty of experience playing there for Wales and he does give the backline more balance as he is a left-footed player.
It will then be down to Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga to change Conte’s thinking.
Emerson Royal will continue at right wing-back for Tottenham but Sergio Reguilon will have to get to grips with the position if he wants to play there regularly.
Admitting in an interview that he has to learn quickly having not played in a back five previously, Ryan Sessegnon, once he returns to fitness, may be the player best suited to the role due to his attacking qualities.
Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will continue as the midfield two but another midfielder could be introduced to the XI to help fix Spurs’ attacking woes.
Not exactly needing to play with wingers as Spurs already have width coming from their two wing-backs, Lucas Moura could be the man at risk to allow Tanguy Ndombele to play in the No.10 role.
This would then allow Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to operate as a front two as they did during Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
Strongest Tottenham XI after international break: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Ndombele; Kane, Son.
Source by Football London