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Tottenham Hotspur, for the moment, are back in Premier League action tonight and José Mourinho’s team is in dire need of a win after a recent slump in form.
Last time out, the North Londoners appeared on their way to a 1-0 win over Wolves before Romain Saiss headed home from a corner in the 86th minute.
It means the Spurs haven’t won any of their last four top flight starts, so the changes should be underway, none more so than on defense, where their weaknesses were exposed in Molineux.
Mourinho must make the easy decision to call Toby Alderweireld …
Should Mourinho AX Sánchez tonight?
On the blackboard
There will be a lot of clamor for Dele Alli to start this match tonight as there was an obvious creative void behind Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, and perhaps, the 24-year-old should be given a one-shot opportunity.
However, the game confirmed to everyone that Davinson Sanchez is practically finished in a Spurs jersey as he struggled to make his mark against what was effectively a Lobos team without forwards.
Who scored He called him his second worst player with a 6.5 rating, which is not surprising since the enigma that is Pedro Neto rang around him throughout the night.
The simple solution is to bring the Belgian colossus, valued at 30 million euros (26.5 million pounds sterling), back to the starting XI. It was pretty unnerving to be dropped, even if it was just a break for these next matches.
Alderweireld has been a crucial part of the lineup that saw an impressive clean sheet against Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months. He is also recording a maximum of 5.3 interceptions for the team and is conceding the second fewest fouls per game, according to Who scored.
Speaking after City’s win, former PL stopper Paul Robinson got lyrical about the 31-year-old titan for Football Insider, he said:
“I have always said that Alderweireld is the best defender in the club and should play every week. In the last three games, he has shown it. He is a leader on the field and should start every game from now until the end of the season.
In fact, it’s time for the ‘Special’ to hear these exact words: The Spurs are much weaker without him. Alli may need to start this match for attacking purposes, but Alderweireld’s presence changes the game much more.
He can lead them to victory if the game goes on.
And in other news, José Mourinho suffers a BIG untimely blow to his Tottenham Hotspur squad …