Tottenham starting XI: Erik Lamela or Mousa Dembele? Our writers select the best team Mauricio Pochettino can put out

Injuries ignored - what's the best team Spurs can start with following their summer spending spree?

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The latest round of Premier League fixtures are the first since the close of the transfer window, meaning that while squads have swelled, managers must now narrow their focus to pick their best starting XIs.

Many new players are in line to make their debut this weekend - but who should come straight in and which players have done enough in the opening few games to warrant a run in the first team?

New Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has managed to bring in a few new faces, but having only arrived himself over the summer, probably still has some questions about those who were already there. Particularly at the back, where Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Federico Fazio have arrived to add competition, Pochettino will have to make some difficult calls.

This weekend, Tottenham play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in which Pochettino's vision for the team will perhaps become a little clearer.

In the meantime, we've asked The Independent's writers and editors to pick their Tottenham starting XI. Any current injury problems were ignored, meaning the teams below are the best possible starting XIs available to Pochettino according to our experts.

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Erik Lamela

 

Glenn Moore - Football Editor

(4-4-1-1)

Lloris;

Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose;

Lennon, Bentaleb, Dembele, Lamela;

Eriksen;

Adebayor

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Federico Fazio

 

Jack Pitt-Brooke - Football writer

(4-2-3-1)

Lloris;

Walker, Fazio, Vetonghen, Davies;

Capoue, Bentaleb;

Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli;

Adebayor

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Christian Eriksen

 

James Mariner - Sports desk coordinator

(4-2-3-1)

Lloris;

Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose;

Bentaleb, Capoue;

Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli;

Adebayor

 

Matt Gatward - Sports Editor

(4-2-3-1)

Lloris;

Walker, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose;

Capoue, Bentaleb;

 Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli;

Adebayor

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