Before Tottenham’s Premier League match against Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Ange Postecoglou must make a crucial decision in the midfield.
Ange Postecoglou will have another difficult decision to make when Tottenham plays again on Sunday after experiencing a selection headache against Wolves the previous time around. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host Aston Villa on Saturday, and after strong starts to the season, both teams are in the running for a top-four finish. This makes for an exciting match.
Due to injuries, Spurs will be without James Maddison and Micky van de Ven once more. Cristian Romero will also be missing because he is serving the second of a three-match ban.Midfielder Yves Bissouma is another player who will miss the Villans game due to suspension.
The Mali international will miss Sunday’s match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the year during the team’s 2-1 loss at Wolves before the international break. Due to this, Postecoglou is without two of his three first-choice midfield players. With Sunday afternoon approaching, the Tottenham player will need to make a crucial decision in the middle of the pitch.
Postecoglou needs to make sure that his midfield produces more than it did at Molineux.Tottenham suffered greatly after Maddison’s injury because they were left without a player who could help connect the midfield with the attack and create opportunities in the final third.
Even though Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s inclusion in the starting lineup was probably expected following his excellent performance in the five days prior home loss to Chelsea, Tottenham was left without a true forward force and appeared to be playing more defensively as a result.
Given that he is the player best suited to fill Maddison’s role, Giovani Lo Celso could have helped ease the situation, but he was benched, and Rodrigo Bentancur’s injury-related lengthy layoff prevented him from starting the game. It may be the game where Postecoglou unleashes the 26-year-old right away, fifteen days after that loss in the West Midlands. The Uruguayan is getting more playing time for his nation during the most recent international break.
Given the severity of the ACL injury Bentancur sustained at Leicester City, Spurs have been gradually increasing his fitness with cameo appearances off the bench. In the team’s 4-1 loss to Chelsea, he played for almost 40 minutes because of the amount of added time.
With his time on the field for Uruguay against Argentina last week and maybe a few more against Bolivia on Tuesday night, Bentancur ought to be back to starting positions for Tottenham pretty soon.
The player, who revealed in an interview with Sport 890 radio station in Uruguay three weeks ago that his recuperation went well and that he was prepared to return before the date Spurs had scheduled, has been itching to play more for quite some time.