Tottenham Hotspur were never more in the Premier League title race than when they convincingly beat Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium in the corresponding fixture last season.

Although the remainder of the campaign did not quite pan out for Mauricio Pochettino as planned after that Monday night masterpiece, the North London side will be confident of recording another three points against the Potters on Saturday.

The Argentine coach has a number of decisions to make when selecting his starting XI, but one of the most prevalent will be what role new £30 million signing Moussa Sissoko plays.

The France international was landed on transfer deadline day and has the attributes that Pochettino has admitted he desired in a new attacking player: pace, power, incision and a direct style of play.

However, despite the significant expense shelled out on Sissoko, it would be remiss of Spurs to immediately insert the former Newcastle man into their side to face Stoke.

Although Cristian Eriksen has not been at his best this season to date and the temptation may be to replace the Dane with the new signing, consistency is the key for Pochettino and his men.

Regardless of the size of the transfer fee and the merits of paying so much for a player that has just been relegated, Sissoko can be a major asset for the White Hart Lane side.

However, on this occasion Pochettino would be advised to utilise his new attacking midfielder as a Plan B from the bench rather than in his starting XI.



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