Tottenham Hotspur supporters should fear the worst amid the ongoing crisis at the club right now…
The north London outfit have endured quite a chaotic week, seeing their matches against Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday and Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League this weekend postponed due to a viral outbreak at the club.
There is a lot of uncertainty over what happens next, with a trip to the Midlands to face Leicester City next up on the schedule this coming Thursday. However, according to The Athletic’s Charlie Ecclesshare, this encounter is “likely off” too, so the travelling Lilywhites faithful should probably plan for the inevitable.
Much of Antonio Conte’s playing squad and coaching staff must now isolate for ten days after they recorded a positive test or from when they started showing symptoms.
The Italian revealed last Wednesday that eight first-team stars were absent due to the outbreak, so they might just about be available for Thursday’s game, if it is played as scheduled. However, they will not have trained, which would raise question marks over the integrity of such a game going ahead.
Indeed, Spurs’ training ground cannot reopen until Monday at the earliest and there are certainly doubts over the number of players available to be involved at this stage.
As the ever-reliable Eccleshare goes onto explain in an accompanying article, ‘the expectation among many at Tottenham’ is that the clash at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night is unlikely to go ahead, meaning the next chance for Spurs to be in action would be next weekend, when they host Liverpool.
Not only should the fanbase be concerned by Thursday’s match not happening, they must also be worried by the prospect of an already-busy fixture list mounting up heading into 2022.
Spurs are on the cusp of breaching the top four for the first time in what seems like forever. They finished sixth in 2019/20 and seventh last year.
Their chances of improving on that under Conte will be seriously harmed with so many matches piling up next year, particularly if they manage to remain in the Europa Conference League and advance in the FA Cup.
Therefore, many around N17 should be fearing the worst amid this latest behind-the-scenes development.