Tottenham Hotspur return to European action on Thursday night as the Europa League group stage begins.
Drawn in Group G alongside Rennes, Vitesse and NS Mura, the Lilywhites begin their European campaign with a delicate game away from the Ligue 1 club.
Having plenty of players to choose from when it comes to the selection of the Spurs squad, the newly formed competition gives Nuno Espirito Santo the chance to hand over those on the outskirts of the first regular football team.
So who are the Tottenham players who could be awarded starting places in Europe on a regular basis? football.london have a look.
The Europa Conference League is the perfect competition for Gollini to get a few regular minutes under his belt.
Since the team’s play-off started against Pacos de Ferreira, the Italian should be a regular between the sticks of the competition so Hugo Lloris can breathe a bit.
It’s the perfect opportunity for Gollini to prove his worth as he seeks to become the club’s long-term No.1.
Doherty’s move from Wolves to Tottenham just didn’t go as planned.
Excelling as a right-back in his time at Molineux, the fact that Spurs usually start with a four-back worked against him.
Now appearing to be behind Emerson Royal and Japhet Tanganga in the pecking order, it is the competition for the player to show Espirito Santo that he can still make a big impact in Spurs’ first team.
Rodon had few minutes on the pitch last season after his transfer from Swansea City arrived too late for him to be listed in the Europa League.
Now named to the European football squad this season, the much-loved defender is expected to be one of Espirito Santo’s first names on the competition roster.
Rodon needs the minutes and regular action in the Europa Conference League can place him firmly in the defensive plans of the Premier League head coach.
Davies was ubiquitous in the Europa League last season and that will most likely be the case in 2021/22.
Behind Sergio Reguilon in the hierarchy, the Welshman will have the opportunity to play regularly in Europe and in national cup competition.
Used as left-back or center-back, the former Swansea City man offers options to Espirito Santo in the Europa Conference Conference.
The all-rounder is expected to be missed at Rennes with an injury, but he is set to become a regular in Europe again once he is fit and available.
After a frustrating first season in north London before going to Hoffenheim on loan last season, this year is very important for the England U21 international.
Sessegnon gives Espirito Santo a choice with his versatility and he has to make a strong impression in Europe if he is to become a Spurs regular in the future.
Oliver Skipp’s return to Tottenham after his loan at Norwich City saw Winks lower the midfielder’s pecking order.
He is unlikely to be a regular Premier League holder unless his midfield rivals are absent, the England international’s best football chance will be in cup competition.
A regular in Europe last season under Mourinho, it will be the same again for the 25-year-old.
Ndombele looks set to return to Rennes on Thursday night after not playing for the team since May.
Needing to get back in shape as soon as possible, the Europa Conference League is the perfect opportunity for him to get regular minutes under his belt and give Espirito Santo a midfield dilemma when it comes to his selection in the league.
If Ndombele can pick up his pace over the next few weeks, he might not feature as much in the starting XI in Europe, provided of course he reclaims his place in the Tottenham squad for Premier League games. .
Giovani Lo Celso
Lo Celso started in Tottenham’s two play-offs against Pacos de Ferreira, but he will be out Thursday at Rennes as he is still in Croatia after representing Argentina in their World Cup qualifiers.
In a fight for a starting place in Spurs’ midfield when it comes to Premier League football, the Argentine must use this competition as an opportunity to wow the head coach.
The former Real Betis player may be a great player for the Lilywhites, but he has to show it regularly in Europe if he is to make his way into Spurs League XI.
Espirito Santo made it clear after Tottenham’s play-off first leg against Pacos de Ferreira that he needed to find Gil’s best position.
Impressive in the opening 45 minutes against Pacos from his position on the left, he then caught the eye again in the second leg in a central role.
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The Europa Conference League is going to be the key to the Spaniard’s quest for a Premier League game.
Tottenham fans are desperate to see more of Scarlett in action this season after making such a big impression in 2020/21.
Named in the XI in the first leg against Pacos as Espirito Santo mixed things up, the much-loved striker just didn’t have an impact on the procedure as he saw very little of the ball.
Opportunities will present themselves to him in the group stage as he needs to be relaxed when it comes to first team football.