Antonio Conte has 8 key decisions to make for Tottenham's line-up vs Leeds

By Emma de Duve

Antonio Conte has decisions to make about eight players, when his side face Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Italian has been in charge of two Spurs games so far and won the tie in the Europa Conference League and drew in the match against Everton.

Conte didn't have long with his new squad as the third international break of the season hit and 14 of his players jetted off with their countries.

Upon their return, the 52-year-old will be working hard to prepare his team to face Marcelo Bielsa's side and will have to make some decisions regarding his starting XI.

Cristian Romero and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg could both be set to miss Sunday's tie due to injury, with the former having a scan on Thursday to find out the extent of his injury.

Oliver Skipp will also be unavailable because of the five yellow cards he has picked up so far this campaign, leaving him with a one game suspension.

This will force Conte to make up to three changes to the same starting line-up he has used in both of his games in charge and after some successes from the international break, he may choose to make more.

Defence

With arguably Tottenham's best defender potentially absent at the weekend, the Lilywhites are likely to replace the Argentine with either Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga or Davinson Sanchez.

Rodon has made just five appearances so far but seems to be one of the most unlikely players in the Spurs side as he hasn't been given much of a chance to prove himself, despite the lack of mistakes he has made in his match features.

The Welshman had another successful international break with his country, playing 90 minutes in both matches, where Wales won one and drew the other.

Tanganga has also struggled to get regular game time for the Lilywhites, since the arrival of Emerson Royal and has been an unused substitute in the last four Premier League games.

However with his favoured centre-back role now available in the form of a back three, if he is chosen to play on the right of Conte's back line on Sunday, it could be a great opportunity for him to prove why he deserves a regular spot in the team.

Sanchez is the most likely replacement for Romero, as he was the third choice in the back four set-up, making nine appearances so far this season.

The Colombian also played 90 minutes in both matches for his country, who lost one and drew one of their ties.

Assuming the two defenders who went on international duty are fit and Tanganga has been performing well in training, Conte could give the nod to any of them, if Romero has to sit the game out.

Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon are Antonio Conte's options to replace Cristian Romero if he is unavailable against Leeds. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Midfield

Creativity in midfield is just one issue that needs solving in the Tottenham side and it's one reason Hojbjerg and Skipp have received criticism from some fans - due to their defensive nature.

However, putting in a more attacking midfielder could cause danger for the back line, meaning some balance needs to be found.

If the central midfield duo are both missing, it will be one of the biggest opportunities to whoever is selected to give their new boss something to think about.

Harry Winks is the most defensive midfielder out of the remaining available and although he isn't a fan favourite, he didn't play badly when he came on in the 3-2 victory over Vitesse.

If Winks is given the nod, he will likely play alongside Giovani Lo Celso or Tanguy Ndombele, who have both struggled to get regular game time this season with a major issue of theirs being inconsistency.

Dele Alli played 17 minutes against Man United but before that hadn't got match minutes in the league since the North London Derby and unless he has overly impressed Conte, that may continue.

The midfield pairing chosen will largely depend on who is fit enough and who has put in the effort to impress in training.

Frontline

Assuming both are fit enough, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane will both be expected to start in the attacking line for Spurs.

Lucas Moura has been the third choice in the opening two fixtures under Conte but after a successful international break, Steven Bergwijn may have given him something to think about.

After suffering with injuries, the Dutch international has struggled to stay fit and has made nine appearances so far this season.

However his crucial goal for Holland during the break could see the Italian debating his third attacking choice although with Moura still performing well, it may take a lot for him to be replaced.

Lots for Conte to think about as his squad return to Hotspur Way this week and he will be wanting to work with his side as much as he can before the weekend.


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