OUCH!! Three points… But at a cost. With Lennon just beginning to rediscover the form that has seen him terrorise defences so many times in his career at White Hart Lane. It seems that on his two hundred and fiftieth game for the club he has torn his hamstring.. And it’s not a minor tear either..
After another great performance today, this time against a Sunderland side looking to nullify our much admired attacking prowess. Again we dominated possession. To the extent that the result should have been more than a one goal victory. Yet in doing so we suffered a loss we could ill afford… Or did we?
So… Let’s have a look-see. Time and again I hear Pundits talking about squad depth, and how Tottenham are apparently up there with the best of them. And yes for me this is a correct observation.
With both Defoe (slight hamstring) and Bale (ankle knock) suffering minor niggles ahead of Thursdays game against Chelsea it was good to see Pav getting on the score sheet today.
But let’s take a closer look at some of the lesser used squad members who in my opinion are more than capable to step up and fill the breach. With our flying winger Aaron lost and Gareth carrying an ankle knock, who could we call upon to see us through the Christmas period?
Andros Townsend: A quality youngster with blistering pace, quick feet and a good level of consistency with his final ball. He also has a keen shot and has more than an average goal threat. His performances so far this season in the Europa League will have given him excellent game time. He should then be more than ready to slot straight in.
Yago Falque: Another youngster and at twenty-one this loanee from Juventas looks a promising talent. He’s skill on the ball is second to none and his low centre of gravity beguiles defenders into making rash decisions. He too has an eye for goal and loves to attack the opposition at every opportunity. For me his league debut can’t come soon enough.
Giovanni Dos Santos: What can I say about this lad that we don’t already know. He has a wonderful left foot, and great vision. He’s quick and again he’s another that has an eye for goal. However his game has never really taken off at Spurs, so perhaps his time has passed.
Either way I feel confident enough in our youngsters not to be overly concerned at the absence of Aaron Lennon. Even Gareth Bale, as great a player as he is, he can be rested. Perhaps a spell on the bench might even lift his game some more.
So let’s say we lose the services of our wingers for a short period of time. Who would be your replacements?Follow @TrfficTottenham