Poch’s big decision: Which of these two risks to take vs Chelsea?

Tottenham are back in Premier League action on Saturday evening in a game every Spurs fan is desperate to win – a clash against Chelsea at Wembley.

Victory would move Mauricio Pochettino’s men above their London rivals and be a statement to show that any talk of an early-season malaise is misplaced.

However, Tottenham have a number of key players carrying injuries and the main issue is at centre-half.

Davinson Sanchez has been ruled out of the game, while Jan Vertonghen has only this week returned to full training after a considerable amount of time on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint.

As such, Poch faces a dilemma – who to partner with Toby Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence.

Rushing Vertonghen back into the starting XI would go against everything the Tottenham manager has preached over time.

Harry Kane was rushed back at the end of last season, but other important players such as Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen have been eased gradually back into the fold under Pochettino.

Juan Foyth started and scored the winner against Crystal Palace last time out, but playing against Chelsea would be a big step up for the young Argentine.

That said, Pochettino clearly has belief in his compatriot and as such playing the youngster could be the best option available.

Eric Dier could play at centre-half but this looks like a panic option as Tottenham lack of real strength in depth starts to show.