Another week, another struggling Premier League team. This time, it’s a side that, before everything went wrong, had been riding high for the first 10 weeks of the Premier League season.
But why are they in a crisis and what’s going on in North London?
What’s the crisis?
Tottenham’s last week has not been good. In only six days, they have lost to two mid-table clubs after being the only undefeated team in the Premier League.
After scoring after six minutes and having another goal soon disallowed, the Lilywhites looked like they were about to thrash Chelsea last Monday in the first thirty minutes of the match.
However, that is when the downward spiral began. Cole Palmer scored the ensuing penalty to equalise after Cristian Romero was sent off for a careless challenge on Argentina teammate Enzo Fernandez inside the area.
Tottenham’s starting lineup has been outstanding so far this year, but the ugly head of a lack of quality depth was only a matter of time.
Postecoglou’s roster is extremely weak right now, as seen by the eight players out injured (including speedy Van de Ven and creative outlet Maddison) and the suspensions of Romero and Udogie for Saturday’s loss against Wolves.
Last season, Spurs supporters were forced to see a deterioration in the team’s form when Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were brought back, and it wasn’t pleasant.
How can the situation be improved?
Going out and signing some players during the January transfer window is the right way to go. Recent additions need to be capable of covering for Van de Ven and Maddison in particular should they ever miss time due to injury.
Additionally, until such replacements are found, manager Postecoglou must figure out how to bench Dier and Hojbjerg. Their slowness when out of possession and lack of pace makes them unfit for the football Ange is attempting to instil at Spurs. Their few appearances thus far have shown this.