How Spurs could look with Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, and Tanguy Ndombele

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Tottenham Hotspur new boy Tanguy Ndombele took just two minutes to make his mark in pre-season.

The France international, a £55million signing from Lyon, got the assist for Lucas Moura’s goal against Juventus in their 3-2 friendly victory.

Tanguy Ndombele in action for Tottenham against Juventus

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Tanguy Ndombele in action for Tottenham against Juventus

A delicious sliderule pass after an acrobatic interception had supporters off their seats and a fine display from the bench impressed them.

He and Jack Clarke, already back on loan at Leeds, might not be Tottenham’s only transfer business this summer either.

This week could see Spurs conclude deals for Fulham flyer Ryan Sessegnon, with a deal worth around £25m being mooted.

The Telegraph believe the move could go through as the Cottagers left-sided ace only has one year left on his current contract, while they are also interested in signing Josh Onomah and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Spurs.


And, to increase their summer haul to five, they could also add Argentine superstar Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis.

The Spanish side have just signed Nabil Fekir, who missed out on a move to Liverpool last summer, and many consider him to be the replacement for Lo Celso.

It was believed they would have to spend £60m to snag the midfielder but now Betis have signed Fekir for just £22m they could now slash their asking price to around £45m, according to The Sun.

But how will Tottenham look if they sign Sessegnon and Lo Celso?

talkSPORT.com have taken a look – and we’ve also taken into account Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld staying with the club, as is currently being reported.

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Should Spurs land the duo, it’s easy to see where Sessegnon would slot in at left-back but Lo Celso, along with Ndombele, could fit into a number of different roles.

Lo Celso, more often than not occupied the right side of central midfield for Betis, and could combine well with Christian Eriksen across in attacking areas to the right.

Having a left-footer in Lo Celso and a right-footer in Eriksen in a similar area of the pitch would give them the option to be versatile in attack, either going down the wing or cutting inside with combination passing.

Ndombele is likely to play on the left of the central three, with Dele Alli just wider ahead of him, attempting to win the ball and drive forward with it before handing it off to teammates.

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A formation used more often than a 433 by Pochettino, this was once his go-to.

The fabled ‘DESK’ front four of Dele, Eriksen, Son, and Kane didn’t get too many outings last season due to injuries and while it’s effective it can look a little lopsided at times with that combination of players.

Bringing in Lo Celso on the right, in place of Alli, and pushing Son to the left is one way to balance the frontline.

It would see Winks and Ndombele control the midfield in deeper positions allowing Sessegnon and Aurier to drive forward offering width on the flanks and the attacking trio move into narrower positions

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Pochettino had a real predilection for this formation last season with Son and Lucas Moura the men who often partnered Kane up top.

The midfield four kept opposition players on their toes and stifled teams like Chelsea who operated through a playmaking no.6.

It didn’t always work though, so the addition of Ndombele an Lo Celso, players who can progress the ball better, will give the Argentine another reason to have another crack of the whip.

It does, though, leave no room for a player like Alli, unless he is considered as a possible forward to partner Kane, with the freedom to drop deeper or wide to overload the opposition.

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Spurs have a wealth of talent at centre-back, especially if Alderweireld stays.

Adding Davinson Sanchez to the backline will give Sessesgnon and Aurier more freedom for marauding runs down the flank.

Ndombele’s defensive ability, coupled with his fine passing, should allow him to operate as a no.6, ensuring Eriksen and Lo Celso can play as no.8s behind Kane and Son.

Pochettino could also drop Son and bring in Alli if he wishes to have more bodies in midfield.



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