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I'll only pick players on top form: Poch

 

Choices: Mauricio Pochettino
Choices: Mauricio Pochettino

By Jonathan Veal

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he cannot pick players out of "charity" if they are no longer performing at the level he expects.

Spurs look set to sell former mainstay of the team Victor Wanyama while Jan Vertonghen has surprisingly been omitted from the opening two games of the season, with Pochettino partnering Davinson Sanchez with Toby Alderweireld in defence.

Vertonghen's absence from the team has been a constant point of conversation, but Pochettino says the reasoning is very simple.

"I am only going to decide to try and provide the best players that are in my head to play," he said. "If I don't play someone it is because I believe there is another in my opinion that is better. This is very clear. It is all about performance. It is all about today. Football is about today and tomorrow not yesterday.

"We are in a team. We are not a charity. It is about performance and we are the coaching staff and we have a lot of options to play different players.

"I am the coach and need to take the decision and hope it will be right."

Wanyama looks set to leave by the time the European transfer window shuts on September 2, with strong reports of a possible move to Club Brugge.

Spurs will have Son Heung-min available following suspension for Newcastle's visit tomorrow while Dele Alli is back in contention after his hamstring problem, but Pochettino will not decide on his team until after today's training session.

Tanguy Ndombele will miss out with a slight thigh strain while Giovani Lo Celso is unlikely to figure.

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