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Kieran Trippier

Christian Eriksen was involved in the build-up sequence to 253 open play shots last season in the Premier League; more than any other player in the competition.

However, in 2017-18 they face the stern test of playing all their home games in the temporary home of Wembley Stadium, while the new White Hart Lane is being built.

If Trippier's injury proves serious, it will be a major blow for Pochettino, who sold his former first-choice right-back Kyle Walker to Manchester City during the close-season.

Trippier limped off late in the first half at Wembley after the right-back had two crunching collisions with Juventus defender Alex Sandro.

Fantastic, an oblivious spectator may assume.

Winks is renowned for his passing qualities: he achieved a 91% pass accuracy rate in the league last season, and he will be tasked with dictating the tempo of the game from deep with Dembele providing the strength and guile alongside him.

The 'Wembley curse" may well be overcome soon enough, it'll have to be - but concerns are that poor early season "home' form could dent their campaign. Although their main goal is to improve the team, the injection of new competition also has a positive impact on those already at the club, as they step up their game in order to preserve their starting position.

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Spurs are as good as anybody in the league and against a Newcastle side, who will have to attack in front of their own fans, this could be a cricket score.

A good season's end: Champions League qualification is the bare minimum.

Tottenham will hope to have Son fit with no new reinforcements now signed up for the new season. He was injured at the start of the season and Tottenham made a slow start.

Furthermore, Spurs sent scouts to watch the Valencia right-back in action for Portugal two months ago. Pochettino will argue that he already has a great group of players available to him and it would be hard to improve any one position. That inevitably will change, but where they stand right now, their squad is thinner than a year ago without any incoming improvements on the immediate horizon.

As Smith puts it: "Maybe part of the problem there is because the Premier League teams have so much churn every year, whereas in Europe it's less pronounced ..."

The league points total may take a blow if the Champions Leauge campaign is better this time around, or if Pochettino picks up his first domestic trophy since taking the reigns. Their second game is even trickier as they welcome Chelsea to Wembley.

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