After a decent start to the Premier League campaign, Tottenham Hotspur, have dropped some points in the last couple of months to sit outside the top-4 going into the last games of the year. The manager will know that his side has enough quality to compete with the best in the team but he has not been able to get the best out of his players, with quite a few stars underperforming. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele are the core of the side and Pochettino has been looking at several options around them to settle into a winning combination. A few players on the fringes of the first team have just started to impress but and with fixtures coming thick and fast, it might be time for the manager to use the depth of his squad. Here are two such fringe players who need more time on the pitch this season to help themselves and the team:
Having moved to the club on the deadline day at the start of the season, the French international was expected to carry his form from the EUROs into the Premier League at the White Hart Lane. However, with Pochettino implementing a peculiar system at the club, the 27-year old has not been able to have an instant impact at the club. Injuries to Erik Lamela and Harry Kane earlier in the season saw him get his chances but Sissoko was just not able to put in a consistent performance to cement a place in the starting XI. However, he has every now and then, produced some sizzling moments that show why Pochettino wanted him and time on the pitch might get him back to his best. At 27, he surely has enough experience to carry the team through in tough games and it might be time for Pochettino to give the former Newcastle man a more regular look out to keep his side fresh and help the player to find his confidence.
One of the most exciting purchases from Tottenham Hotspur in recent times, Vincent Janssen, came into the club at the back of a super year in his home country and was expected to help the Spurs mount yet another title challenge. However, he has just not been able to adjust to the English conditions and is yet to have a telling impact on a Premier League game. He was the first choice to lead the line in the absence of Kane but his performances or the lack of them saw Pochettino use Heung Min-Son as a false-9 to make his side more effective. But the 22-year old is an exceptional talent and at his age, he has loads of time to come good at the Lane. With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Pochettino will be looking to rest some his players before crunch games and he should look to give Janssen an extended run in the side to allow him to settle into the squad as he can easily play a huge role in Tottenham’s aim to finish top 4.