Ange Postecoglou could consider four Tottenham changes vs Chelsea as James Maddison faces wait

James Maddison's place in the Tottenham team could be under threat
James Maddison's place in the Tottenham team could be under threat -Credit:George Wood/Getty Images

Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham face a second London derby clash in the space of five days as they look to get their Champions League quest back on track. Defeated 3-2 by Arsenal last Sunday, Spurs will now travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea.

Their visits to SW6 have not been kind in the past and they will be hoping their wretched record changes for the better on Thursday as they look to up the pressure on Aston Villa in fourth. In order to hopefully get back to winning ways, Postecoglou will likely tinker with his team and make a few changes here and there.

So who exactly could come in for the Chelsea showdown? takes a look below at the options.

Yves Bissouma for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

One of Postecoglou's alterations for last Sunday's North London Derby against Arsenal saw Yves Bissouma dropped from the Tottenham XI for the first time under the head coach. The Mali international had been named on the bench for February's game against former club Brighton & Hove Albion but that selection decision was more to do with the player just coming back from AFCON.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replaced Bissouma in the Tottenham team in the home defeat to Arsenal and unfortunately netted an own goal that put the visitors on their way to claiming victory. With the two trading places midway through the second half, Tottenham's No.8 performed well in his time on the pitch to give Postecoglou something to really think about prior to the Chelsea fixture.

As he was certainly one of Spurs' better players in the closing stages as they looked to register a late point, Bissouma could quite easily come back into the team at Stamford Bridge. He needs to maintain the same levels if that is the case, though, as his poor form ahead of the derby match had seen him miss out on the XI as a result.

Pape Matar Sarr for Rodrigo Bentancur

It was perhaps a surprise for many that Pape Matar Sarr was not named in the starting XI for the North London Derby. Instead, Rodrigo Bentancur kept his place in the team after starting in the previous game against Newcastle United.

The Uruguayan did ok in his playing time last weekend and was progressive with his passing as he tried to get Tottenham back into the contest. However, Postecoglou opted to replace the ex-Juventus man at the break as he clearly believed that he needed Sarr on the pitch to help his team try and find a way back from their three-goal deficit.

It could be a change that takes place from the off on Thursday evening in SW6.

Brennan Johnson/Giovani Lo Celso for James Maddison

A further change that could take place in midfield at Chelsea is James Maddison dropping out of the starting XI. The England international has really struggled for form since his return from injury and he was hooked midway through the second half against Arsenal as he had no impact on proceedings.

In order to get the former Leicester City man back to the form that he displayed in the opening weeks of the season, dropping him from the starting XI could potentially be what he needs. After all, Bissouma looked better for it in his cameo appearance against Arsenal.

Brennan Johnson will perhaps be in the driving seat to come in if that is the case, which in turn would allow Dejan Kulusevski to move inside to his preferred No.10 role that he took up following Maddison's exit. One other option to come in is Giovani Lo Celso, who is viewed as Maddison's natural replacement in the side.

His lack of minutes under Postecoglou would suggest that a start may be hard to come by for the Argentina international unless the head coach believes the time is right to give him the chance he has been waiting for.

Richarlison for Timo Werner

Postecoglou will provide the latest on Timo Werner when he speaks to the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview the Chelsea game. The German international exited the pitch in the first half of the Arsenal game with a hamstring injury and the severity of it has yet to be disclosed.

Richarlison had an influence on the game following his late introduction and he has more than likely played his way into Postecoglou's team to take on Chelsea. Tottenham have really missed a focal point up front in recent weeks, something the Brazilian can provide as he demonstrated against Arsenal.

That would see Son Heung-min to revert to the left flank as he aims to recapture his best form after some poor displays of late.

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