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    Should Spurs change to a 3-4-3 formation?


    Following their Champions League exit and just one win in their last nine games in all competitions – does Mauricio Pochettino need to make a formation change within his Spurs’ side?

    Of course, there has been many issues within the Spurs’ side this year. Harry Kane missing six games prior to the North London derby and many of the England stars suffering from the backlash of the dismal Euro 2016 campaign – it may be easy to suggest that the Spurs’ players are struggling to recapture the form that saw them come so close to the Premier League title last year.

    Following Rio Ferdinand’s comments in the aftermath of their 2-1 defeat to Monaco, 3-4-3 could be a viable option and be the catalyst for an upturn in form going into the busiest period of the Premier League season. With Chelsea’s change to the formation propelling them to the top of the table, could now be the time for Spurs to make a similar change?

    Spurs certainly have the players to be able to pull of the 3-4-3, as well as strong depth as well to be able to make the changes required in the formation. This is especially evident in the full/wing back department with Kyle Walker and Danny Rose being the main choice with able backups in Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies waiting in the wings (pardon the pun!).

    Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghan make more than a stable back three with Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele sitting in front making a solid five in the defensive part of the pitch. This then enables Spurs to give free roles to a narrow front three which should be spearheaded by talisman, Harry Kane. Behind him is where Spurs have an embarrassment of riches with Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen all fighting for a starting position as the ‘roaming number tens’ as well as Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and the newest star, Harry Winks, all providing strong depth.

    In short, this is how the strongest Spurs team would line up in 3-4-3


                                              Alderweireld          Dier      Vertonghan

                         Walker                                                                                     Rose

                                                       Wanyama               Dembele

                                           Alli                                                         Eriksen




    As a team that like to use high press as well as possession – having three centre back and two holding midfielders would certainly make Spurs less viable to the counter attack as well as making them generally more solid in the middle of the park.

    As well as this, giving Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and/or Son Heung-min a roaming number ten role enables these players to make an impact in any place of the attack third. Proof of this can be found with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale for Wales during their successful Euro 2016 campaign or even more recently with Eden Hazard for Chelsea this season. Lessening the defensive responsibilities on the most effective playmakers always tends to pay dividends in recent history. The 3-4-3 can also turn into a 5-2-3 if the pressure from the opposition is really on, all that needs to happen is the wingbacks turn into defensive full backs.

    An interesting proposal and one that could certainly work with Spurs and with their recent form, you could not blame Pochettino in changing his formation, all that remains to be seen is that will he see the need for change?
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