Deciding who to play, who to allotment out and who to sustain on side – perfect about a of Jose Mourinho’s key early questions to acknowledge to at Tottenham.
BBC Sport appears to be like on the issues he can derive on his mind sooner than his first sport as Spurs boss, a day out to West Ham on Saturday (12:30 GMT).
Deciding what to attain with Eriksen
Mourinho will must resolve what to attain with Christian Eriksen. The 27-300 and sixty five days-old Denmark attacking midfielder has been one in every of Spurs’ finest avid gamers across his 291 games for the membership but he is out of contract next summer season and broadly anticipated to transfer away.
Eriksen has finest began eight out of Spurs’ 17 games this season, scoring two dreams and putting in place one other. Examine that to final season, when he began in 30 Premier League games – with an stomach hurt keeping him out of the initiating XI for six of the alternative eight games.
The brand new Spurs supervisor has no longer continuously stumbled on a bunch apart of dwelling in his first-alternative XI for playmakers – equivalent to Kaka at Accurate Madrid or Juan Mata at Chelsea. With Eriksen possibly no longer going to be involved with Mourinho lengthy duration of time, will the new boss in its set apart resolve a machine that doesn’t require him?
Or will he in its set apart fetch his Spurs crew round Eriksen and hope to persuade him to sign a new contract?
He’ll also must resolve presently whether he must strive to sustain Belgium defenders Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen on the membership, with both of their deals expiring in July too.
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Trying to sustain Kane overjoyed
One among Mourinho’s important challenges would possibly possibly well even be keeping captain Harry Kane on board. The England striker turned a Spurs favorite, and in turn a world-class goalscorer, below Pochettino.
After the supervisor’s sacking, he tweeted: “Gaffer. I might be with out end thankful to you for helping me fetch my needs. We have had some amazing moments within the final five-and-a-half of years that I would possibly possibly well also fair no longer ever neglect. You were my supervisor but my perfect friend as neatly and I thanks for that relationship. Factual success with your next chapter!”
Some 89% of Kane’s career dreams at membership stage derive approach below the Argentine (169 out of 190).
Kane will wish to seize important trophies at some level of his career – he has no longer won any but – so the temptation to transfer away would possibly possibly well also develop with his perfect friend no longer to blame of the membership. So Mourinho either must activate the attraction in a order of immense man management – or encourage Kane to seize some silverware.
If he fails to attain either, Kane would possibly possibly well also fair derive himself desirous to apply Pochettino wherever he goes next.
Deciding whether Dier is a key man
A brand new supervisor in most cases has entirely assorted suggestions to the old boss – so would possibly possibly well also about a of the old regulars who derive struggled for sport time fair recently by surprise derive themselves encourage within the crew?
Conserving midfielder Eric Dier would possibly possibly well also fair neatly derive himself in favour below Mourinho, who reportedly tried to sign him for Manchester United.
Genuinely Pochettino conception Dier, who turned into raised in Portugal, turned into disrespectful when he had a friendly conversation in Portuguese with Mourinho after a sport in 2016.
Dier has finest accomplished three Premier League games for Spurs this season, together with Pochettino’s final sport against Sheffield United – when he turned into accomplished out of set apart of dwelling at centre-encourage. One more central midfielder, Victor Wanyama, who has managed perfect 113 minutes this season, would possibly possibly well also fair derive an identical hopes of discovering favour but another time.
So too would possibly possibly well Brazil forward Lucas Moura, the Champions League semi-final hat-trick hero against Ajax final season, who has finest began four league games this season – with two of those coming encourage in August.
Playing on a new McTominay or Adan
Mourinho isn’t skittish to have an effect on huge selections – every now and then ones that fly within the face of all common sense. Some affect sense in hindsight, others no longer so noteworthy.
For a league sport against Malaga in December 2012, Mourinho dropped Accurate Madrid’s legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who turned into finest 31 on the time, and in its set apart accomplished the slightly unremarkable Antonio Adan.
Adan also began the following sport – but turned into despatched off, so Casillas won his set apart of dwelling encourage. A month later Casillas fractured his hand and when he had recovered he would possibly possibly well also no longer seize his set apart of dwelling encourage from new signing Diego Lopez, a keeper of a an identical age who has never been regarded as world class.
Then at Manchester United he picked young midfielder Scott McTominay, who had finest accomplished 204 minutes within the Premier League all season, above £89m signing Paul Pogba for a Champions League knockout sport against Sevilla in February 2018.
In hindsight that turned into one in every of his better selections at United, with the 22-300 and sixty five days-old now one in every of their most constant avid gamers. That said, it is doubtlessly finest no longer to order him selecting McTominay at centre-encourage the following season in a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.
So what an identical surprise selections would possibly possibly well also he affect at Spurs? Michel Vorm as #1? Plunge Harry Kane and play Irish teenager Troy Parrott in its set apart? Harry Winks on the center of defence? We would also fair discover on Saturday.
Maintaining up his correct yarn in opening games
Pochettino turned into noteworthy cherished at Tottenham, so Mourinho goes to want a swiftly initiate to fetch fans on his side. They’re going to favor attacking football, but on the least they’d possibly demand to transfer up the desk from 14th set apart of dwelling.
He has no longer misplaced his opening sport at any membership since his very first match as a supervisor, when Benfica misplaced to Boavista in September 2000.
Since then he has won his opening match with Porto, Chelsea – twice – and Manchester United, and drawn before the entire lot of his time with Uniao de Leiria, Inter Milan (even though they won on penalties) and Accurate Madrid.
However, this is the first time since taking on Porto in January 2002 that he has joined a membership at some level of a season.