Manchester City will begin their quest for another Premier League title in north London on Sunday when they visit Tottenham Hotspur.
The match is the most significant of week 1 of the 2021-22 season. Tottenham star striker Harry Kane will undoubtedly be the focus of the preparation and the day as he has been interested in a move to City throughout the summer.
Aside from the circus around Kane, there has been a lot of activity at Spurs during the offseason; New manager Nuno Espirito Santo clearly faces a big challenge in North London.
Here’s who’s available for Spurs for the Champions visit this weekend.
Romero probably won’t be ready
Spurs signed Atalanta’s Cristian Romero this summer in an effort to improve their defense, although Sunday’s clash may come too early for the defender.
Romero was part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa America this summer and therefore didn’t have much time to train with his new teammates.
“He hasn’t trained with the squad yet, it’s true, he finished the Copa America in the last game with a problem,” Santo said of his new defender, according to the. Express . “It’s a lot better, a lot better now, but first we have to be very careful, not take any chances.”
This means Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are likely to start center-back after the sale of Toby Alderweireld.
Ndombele will be missed
Tanguy Ndombele impressed in Spurs’ spells last season, but so far he hasn’t done enough to prove to his new manager that he deserves a place in the squad.
“Because I see he’s not at the right time to join the squad in terms of competition,” Santo said when asked about the French international by Sky Sports (h / t Daily Mirror ) “No, he is not injured.”
Ndombele has not been picked for the friendlies against Arsenal and Chelsea, which means it would be a big surprise if his new manager propels him into the crosshairs against City.
What about Kane?
Santo confirmed that Kane could feature on Sunday, noting that every player involved in the daily training is up for the game.
“All of the team players who work on a daily basis will be options for us, so it’s up to us to decide,” Santo said when asked specifically about Kane, for Air sports.
The inclusion of the England captain would generally increase Tottenham’s chances of securing a positive result, although City’s interest in the 28-year-old may complicate matters.
Given the speculation hanging over Kane this summer and his lack of training due to his late return to Spurs, it would be a shock if he were in the starting XI for Sunday’s meeting. A place on the bench seems like the best scenario from Tottenham’s perspective.