Having a selection headache last time out at Wolves, Ange Postecoglou will once again have a dilemma on his hands when Tottenham return to action on Sunday. Aston Villa are the visitors to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the match promises to be a very interesting affair with both sides in the mix for a top-four finish after excellent starts to the campaign.
Spurs will again be without Micky van de Ven and James Maddison through injury, as well as Cristian Romero who serves the second game of his three-match ban. Another player who will also be absent through suspension against the Villans is midfielder Yves Bissouma.
The Mali international picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves prior to the international break and will now sit out Sunday's game as a result. Leaving Postecoglou without two of his three first-choice midfielders, the Tottenham man has a big decision to make in the middle of the pitch ahead of Sunday afternoon.
What Postecoglou must ensure is that he gets more from his midfield than what was the case at Molineux. Maddison's absence was significant and it really hurt Tottenham going forward as they didn't have a player to help link up midfield with attack and also make things happen in the final third.
While it was perhaps no surprise to see Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg included in the starting XI after a really good showing off the bench in the defeat at home to Chelsea five days earlier, it did leave Tottenham without someone who could really influence things going forward and they instead looked rather defensive.
Giovani Lo Celso could have helped ease the issue as he is the player most suited to Maddison's role but he was left on the bench, while the game came too early for RodrigoRead on football.london