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How will Tottenham Hotspur line up against Fulham in the English Premier League?

If Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to keep his critics at baynamely, Martin Samuel and Neil Ashtonbeating Fulham, a team that just underwent a managerial change, is the only option.

 

GK: Hugo Lloris

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Since being knocked out in a collision with Chelsea's Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku, Hugo Lloris has made successive errors in league games against Manchester City and Manchester United.

Brad Friedel, his deputy, had a good outing in a 2-0 win over Tromso, a game in which he made three saves.

Friedel over Lloris? Not yet.

 

RB: Kyle Walker

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Kyle Walker demonstrated excellent execution in placing the ball below the jumping Manchester United wall to score.

He then reinforced the view that he's a defensive liability by gifting Wayne Rooney a goal.

Walker is gifted, and if he avoids making errors, he can be one of the most dominant right-backs in the world.

 

CB: Michael Dawson

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Michael Dawson's distribution from the back in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United was subpar, as he gave away possession 39 percent of the time.

His position will be threatened once fill-in left-back Jan Vertonghen is a centre-back again.

 

CB: Vlad Chiriches

There is no way Villas-Boas can drop Vlad Chiriches, because he is the best performing Spurs centre-back this season.

Chiriches has won back possession 21 times while conceding only four free kicks in the Premier League, which proves he's an efficient ball-winner.

A Chiriches-Vertonghen partnership is the way forward.

 

LB: Jan Vertonghen

He will probably be thinking, "Left-back, again?!"

Don't worry, Jan Vertonghen. Danny Rose will be fit soon.

According to The Guardian, Rose's estimated return is December 15.

Vertonghen's shift back to centre-back will cause a selection dilemma for Villas-Boas: Chiriches or Dawson to be dropped?

 

DM: Sandro

Sandro wowed everyone not with his tackling but with a sublime piece of skill.

He turned Tom Cleverley inside out and then launched a nearly perfect long-range shot past United keeper David de Gea.

If Paulinho gets a start behind the No. 9, why not give Sandro a go?

This statement is obviously tongue-in-cheek, as it didn't make much sense for Villas-Boas to start Paulinho, a player who had only scored one league goal, as a deep-lying forward.


DM: Mousa Dembele

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Moving to Fulham gave Mousa Dembele the exposure he craved after using the Eredivisie as a stepping stone.

Dembele demonstrated his all-round game against United, making six tackles and creating a goal.

 

RAM: Nacer Chadli

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Yes, Nacer Chadli is an inverted winger on the left, but Villas-Boas, a manager who loves experimenting, should try him on the right.

He has the matchup advantage against Fulham left-back Kieran Richardson.

 

CAM: Lewis Holtby

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How on earth did Villas-Boas come to the conclusion that Paulinho, who is statistically one of the worst shooters in the Premier League (38 shots per goal), should be a deep-lying forward behind Soldado?

Paulinho lost possession 13 times against United, which is unacceptable.

Lewis Holtby, who has played the No. 10 role for an extended period of time at Schalke, is more worthy of a start.

 

LAM: Andros Townsend

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No inverted wingers? Villas-Boas needs to see how playing with conventional wingers will pan out.

Either that or just continue watching Roberto Soldado decline.

On the left wing, Andros Townsend will be forced to pass first. On the right, he would cut in, see the goals and take an ill-advised shot.

 

CF: Roberto Soldado

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"I want to score more goals than I am doing at the moment," Soldado said, via Jeremy Wilson at The Telegraph. "I haven't done so far here, but I am convinced I will get there."

Taking accountability is a positive character trait.

While the supply to Soldado has been disappointing, he has looked off the pace. No inverted wingers and having a proper No. 10 behind him will be beneficial to upping his shots per game.

 

Statistics via WhoScoredFFT Stats ZoneSquawka and Transfermarkt.
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