Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has promised there won’t be wholesale changes to his side as they look to finish top of Group J in the Europa League.
They face Monaco at White Hart Lane, but even though Spurs have already qualified for the next round and could win the group even if they lost this evening, the Argentinian showed belief in his squad to cope with the demands of the schedule.
Some players will be rested, but he said: “The squad we have is strong enough to compete in different competitions, but may be if you compare the team to the game against Qarabag there will be some changes.”
Monaco have a lot riding on the game, with the need to win and hope Anderlecht slip up at home to Qarabag.
But this appears to be Pochettino’s best opportunity to rest Harry Kane, who has not only been an ever-present in the team this season, but also played every game for England in the European U21 Championship in the summer.
Kane is in the squad this evening, but Spurs can break a club record against Newcastle on Sunday by going 15 games unbeaten, and with the traditional busy Christmas period almost upon us, it would surely do the young striker some good to be on the sidelines.
Instead, there might be a first opportunity for other youngsters to shine this evening.
Tom Carroll, Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks in particular are highly thought of in North London, and Pochettino said they can all be an important part of the squad as the season progresses.
“They may have the opportunity to play in the next few games or later this season…they are very young but they show every day they have the quality to play for Tottenham,” he said.
Moussa Dembele is one player who definitely won’t feature this evening because of illness, while Ryan Mason remains injured.
But Nabil Bentaleb could feature for the first time since August after recovering from a foot injury, while Nacer Chadli could also play after six weeks out with an ankle problem.