Postecoglou may have hinted at Tottenham team vs Wolves with Bentancur admission

A number of decisions need to be made by Ange Postecoglou before Tottenham’s Premier League match against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

Over the past week, injuries and suspensions have taken a toll on Tottenham, and Ange Postecoglou is about to select a starting lineup from among the players who are currently out. Following their red cards against Chelsea, Cristian Romero was suspended for three games and Destiny Udogie for one. Alfie Whiteman, Ivan Perisic, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon, Micky van de Ven, and James Maddison, who was injured during Monday’s 4-1 loss, are now the only players on the sidelines.

After having groin surgery on Thursday, Richarlison is also out and will be sidelined for some time. However, Postecoglou has some positive news going into their match against Wolves on Saturday: Ben Davies is available to bolster the defense after his recent absence. Given the negative injury news for this week, the Spurs manager has a difficult decision to make regarding his starting lineup before the trip to Molineux.

Guglielmo Vicario makes an automatic decision between the sticks, making it an easy pick in goal, but things get complicated when it comes to the backline. Only Pedro Porro will remain in the defense from Monday’s loss without three of his regular back four.

After his stellar performance coming off the bench, Eric Dier appears certain to start at center back, but it remains to be seen who will partner with him. The next in line for a center-back spot is Ashley Phillips, who joined from Blackburn Rovers in the summer. He is possibly the player more suited to play in the West Midlands.

Postecoglou has a difficult decision to make because Emerson Royal and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played a strong defense against Chelsea and Davies has experience playing at center back. With Udogie out due to suspension, Emerson and Davies will compete for the left-back position.

Who joins Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma in the middle of the park is the question in midfield. Maddison’s replacement is thought to be Giovani Lo Celso, but Rodrigo Bentancur, who returned from injury two weeks ago, is also capable of playing there after making a significant contribution in the final third of the previous season before suffering an ACL injury.

Although a lot of fans have predicted that the Uruguayan will start at Wolves right away, Postecoglou might have given away his midfield choice during his pregame press conference. When asked by if this is Lo Celso’s chance to shine, the Australian player referenced several of his teammates and said Spurs “got to be careful with Bentancur a bit,” possibly opening the door for the Argentina international to start.

“Look, we need to use caution when using Bentancur—not just for Gio, but also for Bryan Gil, Skippy, Eric Dier, and all of these guys. They have been training very hard for this reason. They haven’t been apart from the group; they have been training with us,” he remarked.

We’ve worked together on everything we’ve done. They’ve all put in a lot of effort, and now it’s just a matter of being ready for the right moment. It’s safe to say that for some of them, the time has come. Although they have been preparing for it since the first day, it is now their responsibility to seize that opportunity.”

The head coach should have an easy time choosing his front three because he has important decisions to make in both attack and defense. Given Richarlison’s addition to the list of casualties, Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, and Brennan Johnson will be the front-runners for the attack.

Naturally, Postecoglou may want to avoid switching positions too much at a time when his team needs consistency in their starting lineup following Monday night’s events. However, he could choose to use Kulusevski in Maddison’s place, which would allow Bryan Gil to play from the left wing.

After a challenging week for all parties involved in N17, the best thing Postecoglou and Spurs can do at this point is secure a victory at Molineux and call it a day.


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