Michael Dawson could get his first start for Tottenham this season against Carlisle United in tonight’s Capital One Cup clash. The start would be his first after failing to agree personal terms following an agreed move to Queens Park Rangers.
The England international could partner Steven Caulker, who has recently been tipped as John Terry’s possible replacement in the England set-up following the Chelsea man’s international retirement.
Tottenham will head into the game making several changes, with Tom Huddlestone also looking to make a rare start in midfield after a long lay-off through injury.
Struggling with his notorious 4-2-3-1 formation, Andre Villas-Boas defended his tactic selection of late, regardless that he was forced to change formation to the more conventional 4-4-2 to turn a one-goal deficit into a win against QPR last weekend.
Whilst the tactic failed to make an impact during their home draws against Norwich and West Brom, it worked in an impressive display against Lazio last Thursday, and on this basis AVB will remain with his favoured tactic of using two holding midfielders behind one striker – at the moment, Jermain Defoe.
A change in tactic to 4-4-2 at half-time proved fundamental against QPR as they went on to dominate the second half. However, Villas-Boas feels this was mainly down to the team upping their pressure, and not the fact there were two strikers on the field.
Out-of-favour midfielder Jermaine Jenas could return to Nottingham Forest on a loan deal, possibly in time for their Sunday clash against Derby County. Having played at Forest at the beginning of his career, Jenas is said to be eager to return to the club he once called home.
Talks had previously been held regarding a loan deal in the summer before breaking down, but look to be back on for a player yet to feature for Tottenham this season.
Lille goalkeeper Mikael Landreau believes Hugo Lloris has the ability to overcome Brad Friedel in the quest to become Tottenham’s first-choice goalkeeper. The fellow shot-stopper feels that Lloris’ impressive Europa League performance against Lazio will be the first of many for the club, albeit if for now he may be a substitute during Premier League clashes.
However, he may be forced to sit out of tonight’s Capital One Cup clash alongside Brad Friedel as AVB may look towards Carlo Cudicini or Heurelho Gomes during their third-round tie as a string of players will be rested ahead of Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.