Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League after their midweek triumph in the Carabao Cup but standing in their way is the small matter of the north London derby.
Nuno Santo and his squad head down the road to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, having lost back-to-back league games by a 3-0 scoreline.
The Portuguese head coach will have plenty to think about ahead of kick-off, particularly given their recent form – the Lilywhites have leaked ten goals in their last four outings across all competitions and that’s after opening the 2021/22 campaign with three successive clean sheets.
Whilst chance creation and goal scoring is one of their biggest problems, Nuno must stop the rot defensively, especially against a Gunners side who looked to have turned a corner at just the right time.
On their day, a frontline involving any of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka among others will cause problems for any Premier League backline, so it’s important the 47-year-old selects his very best for this huge encounter.
He opted for the pairing of Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez up at Molineux and it’s fair to suggest that it simply did not pay off. The Atalanta loanee excelled for a second time but the less said about the 35-cap Colombian international, the better.
The 6 foot 2 colossus was their second-lowest rated player (6.4) and he earned a scathing review in the press, too.
‘Also looked lost for Podence’s goal in a shaky return to the side. He was guilty of a bad mistake when he tried to out muscle Ki-Jana Hoever but lost out to the defender, leading to a big chance,’ wrote the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick.
It certainly seems as if the 24-year-old centre-back reverted back to the Sanchez of old – the one that was described as a “real liability to his team” by former Republic of Ireland international Kenny Cunningham to the OTB Football podcast last season (via This is Futbol).
These are the sorts of errors that could lead to Spurs having a disastrous afternoon against their arch-rivals and that will certainly not do Nuno or the squad any favours after their defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
Therefore, the Portuguese must be ruthless and leave Sanchez on the bench – or even in the stands – for this crunch match. He has Eric Dier, Joe Rodon. Japhet Tanganga and Romero to choose from, which is more than enough.