"I don't like to talk about individuals too much, but he was fantastic [against West Ham]".
Arthur Masuaku is expected to overcome an ankle problem, while striker Javier Hernandez could return after a five-match absence with a virus.
"It was hard to achieve the player we needed", Pochettino said. Dele and Rose are close to returning, but Vertonghen will be out for at least six more weeks.
They went into the worldwide break on the back of three successive league wins and will aim to extend that against a West Ham side whose recent upturn in form hit the buffers at Brighton. Now we have a chance to add more. Again, this is who we think will start as opposed to who we believe should.
'It is easy to say we are going to sign three players and, oh, look, the people are happy because we signed them, ' said Pochettino.
This will be a tough game for Tottenham.
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Marco Asensio also had a first-half goal disallowed by VAR. "Stats do not count much in football - it is goals that count". We are focusing only on the Levante game, there is no larger objective.
His time on the south coast lasted 60 matches, winning 38.3% of those contests, before he swapped the Saints for Spurs in May 2014.
However, with just two points separating Tottenham from top-of-the-table Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to keep the pressure on their title rivals with another win at West Ham this afternoon. To date, he's lost on 51 occasions (22.3%) with his side registering 440 goals (1.92 per game) and conceding 239 (one every 86.6 minutes).
They are looking to secure successive Premier League home wins for the first time since December 2016.
Starting Saturday October 20 at Olympic Stadium against West Ham United, through Saturday November 10 at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur begin a stretch of seven games over 21 days, which will shed some real light on the season ahead.
The Argentine stressed the importance of shot-stopper Hugo Lloris in goal during a hard second half for Tottenham when their club captain's heroics earned them the three points against West Ham.
Lamela has had torrid luck with injuries since joining Spurs from Roma in 2013, but Saturday's victor was his 10th goal involvement - seven goals and three assists - in his last nine appearances across all competitions.