Tottenham Hotspur, for the time being, are back in Premier League action this evening and Jose Mourinho’s side are in dire need of a victory after a recent slump in form.
Last time out, the north Londoners seemed to be heading for a 1-0 victory over Wolves before Romain Saiss headed home from an 86th-minute corner.
It means Spurs have not won any of their last four outings in the top-flight, so changes should be afoot – none more so than in defence where their frailties were exposed at Molineux.
Mourinho must make the easy decision to recall Toby Alderweireld…
There will be many clamouring for Dele Alli to start this match tonight as there was an obvious creative void behind Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, and maybe, the 24-year-old should be handed a rare opportunity.
However, the game confirmed to everyone that Davinson Sanchez is pretty much done in a Spurs shirt as he struggled to make his mark against, what was effectively, a strikerless Wolves outfit.
WhoScored graded him as their second-worst player with a 6.5 rating, which is hardly surprising as the enigma that is Pedro Neto rang rings around him all evening.
The simple solution is bringing the Belgian colossus, valued at €30m (£26.5m), back into the starting XI. It was rather baffling that he was dropped, even if it was merely a rest for these upcoming fixtures.
Alderweireld has been a crucial part of the lineup which saw impressive clean sheets against Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months. He is also recording a squad-high 5.3 interceptions and is conceding the second-fewest fouls per game, as per WhoScored.
Speaking after the City win, former PL shot-stopper Paul Robinson waxed lyrical over the 31-year-old titan to Football Insider, he said:
“I have always said that Alderweireld is the best defender at the club and he should play every week. Over the past three games, he has proved that. He is a leader on the pitch and he should start every game between now and the end of the season.”
Indeed, it’s time for the ‘Special One’ to listen to these exact words – Spurs are far weaker without him. Alli may well need to start this match for attacking purposes, but Alderweireld’s presence is far more game-changing.
He can guide them to victory should the game go ahead.
AND in other news, Jose Mourinho suffers HUGE untimely blow to his Tottenham Hotspur squad…