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Tottenham: Rodrigo Bentancur may have given Antonio Conte a headache

Tottenham lost at home for the second time this week as they were beaten 2-0 by Bruno Lage’s Wolves on Sunday in the Premier League.

Hugo Lloris made a mess of the first goal for the visitors as he weakly palmed away two efforts to allow Raul Jimenez a simple volley into the far corner. He then got caught all ends up after Daniel Podence hit the post, with Leander Dendoncker tapping into what was virtually an empty net with the Frenchman sprawled out on the floor.

This came after Spurs lost 3-2 to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side in midweek, with Antonio Conte’s men now having lost two games in a row at their own ground in the top flight.

Huge headache

Conte may have a huge headache to deal with after the game but not for the reasons you might think after a 2-0 defeat at home. Rodrigo Bentancur’s excellent performance in midfield could give the manager a selection dilemma in their next match.

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Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both missed out on the starting XI, with the former currently out of action due to injury, and Bentancur lined up alongside Harry Winks in the middle of the park.

Hojbjerg has averaged a terrific SofaScore rating of 7.16 in the Premier League this season, which is a score that only Heung-min Son can better for Spurs. This shows that he has been one of the club’s best players in the division this term and should be taking up one of the two midfield spots in the 3-4-3 system, which would leave one other place available.

Skipp has started 14 matches in the league, whilst Winks has started eight, with both players coming through the academy at Spurs.

However, Bentancur’s display against Wolves may leave Conte wondering whether he should be leaving the homegrown duo out of the XI and going with the South American alongside Hojbjerg moving forward.

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A truly wasted talent...

As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old won an impressive 11 of his 16 individual duels, also making three tackles and one interception to show off the defensive side of the game. On the ball, he completed 100% of his attempted dribbles and created two chances in the final third, whilst completing 87% of his passes.

This shows that he had an impact at both ends of the pitch with his box-to-box play, ending the match with a 7.4 SofaScore rating – well ahead of Winks’ 7.0. It was a strong performance from the Juventus loanee and Conte may now be scratching his head about what to do against Manchester City next weekend.

Does he drop Winks? Does he bring Hojbjerg back and drop an attacker to play a midfield three? Does he drop Bentancur? These are all questions which may be running through the minds of Spurs fans in the upcoming week because of the dilemma the January arrival has creared with his superb showing.

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