Friday, 14 October 2016
The media it seems are astounded by the patently obvious, Mauricio Pochettino will rotate his squad.
Tottenham have 5 games coming up in 2 weeks, 7 games in 3 weeks.
Saturday 15 October WBA (a) Premier League
Tuesday 18 October Bayer Leverkusen (a) Champions League
Saturday 22 October Bournemouth (a) Premier League
Tuesday 25 October Liverpool (a) League Cup
Saturday 29 October Leicester City (h) Premier League
Wednesday 2 November Bayer Leverkusen (h) Champions League
Sunday 6 November Arsenal (a) Premier League
The Argentinian has already made it clear he is going to play the youth again against Liverpool regardless of the side they put out, partly for the experience and their development and partly to rest the other squad players.
Pochettino has always rotated, his full-backs are constantly rotated which mean they all know they are going to play and they are all important if we want to achieve things. The mentality of the squad players like Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier is vital to anything we want to achieve. They are second choices, but we can't have them feeling sorry for themselves, they have to be totally on their game and keen to impress every time they play.
The same has to be said for other players and the youngsters we have coming through. Keeping a whole squad happy and focused is not easy, any loss of focus results in a loss of performance and that can affect the whole team given each is an important cog within a system. Our pressing against Manchester City wouldn't have worked if one player had decided he wasn't going to be as intense as everyone else on a subconscious level, thus each player needs individual motivation.
Squad rotation means everyone is playing a part, it isn't them and us. Perhaps the only area of concern there is Kevin Wimmer who made mild comments that he was unhappy at the amount of game time he is seeing at the moment. Thus far he has only played the League Cup tie against Gillingham at White Hart Lane. He'll play against Liverpool but it is a bit few and far between for him.
We'll have t see if he gets more game time during this period but Cameron Carter-Vickers is also being groomed as the long-term successor for one of our main centre-back pairings and that means he takes priority over Wimmer who may not have a long future at The Lane.