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22nd November 2019, 10:51 by Jack Ogalbe

All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho's selection when he leads Tottenham for the first time away at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.

Mourinho was appointed Spurs boss earlier this week, and, while he has promised limited changes, it would be no surprise to see him revamp the team in the first match back from the international break.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has done well to keep his job over the hiatus, with rumours circulating that the board may have approached Rafael Benitez having missed out on the Spaniard in 2015.

The east Londoners have not won in seven, a run that has coincided with the injury to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. It means the Chilean has a decision to make – does he stick with struggling second choice Roberto or give a run to fellow summer free transfer David Martin?

There is good news though on Mark Noble, Jack Wilshire and Michail Antonio, who have all trained this week. However, Manuel Lanzini is sidelined for the foreseeable future after fracturing a collarbone in the 3-0 defeat to Burnley.

Spurs have won just six of their last 24 in the league and have not claimed an away success since beating Fulham 2-1 in January.

That run stretches 12 matches and Mourinho will be desperate to find a way in which his side can force a result at the London Stadium.

Conceding at least once in their last seven matches hasn’t helped and captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains sidelined.

In fairness, deputy Paulo Gazzaniga has improved since taking over but his cause has not been helped by a defence that is again set to be without Jan Vertonghen.

Tottenham won in E20 in both the league and EFL Cup last season and have lost just once at the London Stadium since their opponents moved to the ground opened in 2016.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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