Team news: Tottenham to make changes while Banks returns for Rovers


Tottenham will name a strong team for the game at Prenton Park on Friday night but will make a host of changes.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that changes will be made with his team currently in the middle of a gruelling fixture schedule. With a Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday night, several players will be rested.

However, let’s first look at Tranmere’s team news.


The headline as far as Tranmere’s selection is concerned is the return of Ollie Banks. The influential midfielder has been out for six weeks with injury but is available to play. He’s most likely to be among the substitutes though.

Captain Steve McNulty will come back in to the starting eleven and will probably martial a five-man backline alongside Caprice, Ellis, Monthe and Ridehalgh.

Micky Mellon must decide whether to stick with Connor Jennings playing off James Norwood upfront or whether to put Jennings back in to a wide position with Jonny Smith coming in on the opposite wing. Paul Mullin and Cole Stockton will both be hoping an extra striking position is available, but you’d think both are likely to remain on the bench.

Rumoured targets David Perkins and Ishmael Miller would both be cup-tied, should they sign.


England midfielder Eric Dier misses out as he continues to come back from an appendicitis. Victor Wanyama, Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are also out injured.

World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is likely to be rested, though there is a strong chance he will be among the substitutes. Spanish forward Fernando Llorente will start with Lucas Moura a contender to play in the forward line as well.

Dele Alli and Son Heung-min should be in the squad but could be benched, while England international Harry Winks and youngster Oliver Skipp will probably start in midfield.

At the back, Columbian international Davison Sanchez is likely to play at the heart of a back four and will probably be partnered at centre back with Argentinian Juan Foyth.

Serge Aurier, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko are in contention to start, with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier likely to sit it out. Paulo Gazzaniga will almost certainly take the place of Hugo Lloris in goal.

There are a few Academy players who have trained and travelled with Spurs too, so there may be some more youngsters on the bench or even given starts.

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