Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end on Saturday as they went down 2-1 to league leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead through Christian Eriksen, but goals from Pedro and Victor Moses secured Antonio Conte’s men their seventh successive league win to move them back to the summit of the division.
For Spurs, a frustrating week ended in further disappointment, having also been knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco on Tuesday.
It’s now just one win in seven league games for Pochettino’s side, who really need to get some wins under their belt before Christmas to keep pace with the top four teams.
Nonetheless, Spurs still sit fifth in the Premier League having won six of their opening 13 games, with a fine 2-0 victory over Manchester City indicative of their title credentials.
However, six draws have stunted their progress this season and, although they are clearly a tough side to beat, they could do with turning some of those draws into victories in the second half of the campaign.
With January fast approaching, Pochettino may already be considering who could come in and strengthen his Spurs squad so that they do keep pace with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool.
One area he could look at is his central midfield and, given that Pochettino sometimes plays a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-2-3-1, these positions are vital.
Thus, here is their dream central midfield combination, including one key January target…