|Tottenham needs to show the world they're a system team and not to be undone by a few players' absence when they travel to the Molineux to play Wolves. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Tottenham Hotspur is about to go through a phase of multiple challenges, and right now is the time to tell whether they’re title contenders or pretenders.
While it might be too early to call the season, the good works of manager Ange Postecoglou are telling, and everyone, including their rivals, now sees them as a threat based on their pattern of play, game management, and points gained so far.
The Wolves must feel a little unlucky from last weekend. A contentious penalty conceded at the death took the game away from them, and to add to the pain, the loss at Sheffield was a six-pointer considering where the Blades are on the table.
Those three points were counted by the Wolves before the game; no disrespect, but they would believe that they had just enough to handle whatever Sheffield had in store for them, but it went sideways, and Gary O’Neil’s side now sits just six points off the drop zone.
Tottenham is down to its bare bones now. James Maddison has been ruled out till the new year with an ankle problem, and being the main creator at Spurs, Postecoglou will have to sweat on a make-shift solution in his absence.
The terrifying Highline that Spurs play in defense centers around the recovery and timing of Micky Van de Ven, but since the Belgian limped off against Chelsea last Monday and will now sit games out at least until the new year, how will Tottenham cope without him?
The Molineux will come alive on Saturday, but once again, Pedro Neto will not be lining up with the boys as he continues to recover from injury. The hosts must find ways to punish their depleted visitors, who, this time, are there for the taking.
At both ends of the pitch, we’re sure to get entertainment. Postecoglou has stressed the fact that he will not change his style for anyone, and if he didn’t change it when his team went down to nine men at home to Chelsea, why will he change for Wolves?
Watch out for Heung Min Son and Dejan Kulusevski for the visitors; they will have the responsibility of helping Spurs out of these days of struggles, and in defense, Eric Dier will have to roll back the years to bring his experience to the table.
Matheus Cunha must be up there as one of the most wasteful forwards in the league; this is a game he can’t afford to throw; Hwang Chan will go up against his countryman upfront; it is more like a Korean derby at the Molineux on Saturday.