Ryan Mason is set for his first game in charge of Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff.
Tottenham Hotspur are set to face Southampton tonight as they host the Saints in the Premier League. Spurs have confirmed that Ryan Mason has been appointed as the interim manager for the rest of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager was sacked following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Everton. Former Spurs defender and captain, Ryan Mason, will lead Tottenham against Southampton this evening in the Premier League. The 29-year-old has no senior-level coaching experience and is expected to play it safe against the Saints.
In terms of the potential line-up, one can assume that Mason would opt for the strongest eleven on paper. Not necessarily the most tactical one due to the lack of training sessions because of the abrupt timing of Mourinho’s sacking. With that being said, Ryan Mason could opt for the conventional 4-2-3-1 formation that worked wonders earlier this season for Tottenham Hotspur.
Hugo Lloris will start in goal for the Lilywhites against Southampton. The back-four would consist of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld as the two centre-backs. Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier will fill the space on the flanks to complete the back-four.
In the midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will start in the heart of the midfield alongside Moussa Sissoko to form the defensive midfield pivot. Hojbjerg has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent performers this season despite being a new signing. The Danish midfielder has the ability to command and dictate the pace for Spurs and will look to put in a solid performance under the new manager, Ryan Mason.
In the attack, Tanguy Ndombele will operate through the centre as the attacking midfielder. The former Lyon midfielder has excelled this season under Jose Mourinho after a rather slow start in his debut campaign. The Frenchman has been used in numerous tactical role this season and has even played as a holding midfielder alongside Hojbjerg. It will be interesting to see how Ryan Mason makes the most out of Ndombele for the rest of the season.
Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min are expected to play as the two wingers in the attack. Bale has not received continuity under Mourinho, however, the new management in charge could provide the Real Madrid loanee a few more chances. Meanwhile, Son has not been at his best lately and will be eager on finding his name on the scoresheet tonight.
Finally, for the striker’s position, Carlos Vinicius will be given the nod over Harry Kane. The latter picked up a knock against Everton on his ankle after firing two lethal strikers to help Spurs secure a draw. Ryan Mason will, unfortunately, have to manage his first game without the best player in the team.