It is up there with the very cruelest of realities that football has to offer. Once one player is absent the remaining players have to pick up their minutes to compensate. In doing so they increase their own fatigue and risk of muscular injury, creating further absences. Quickly the physio room stacks up it’s victims in a domino effect and everyone involved with the club feels particularly unlucky.
Twelve’s xG Timeline captures how tight Tottenham’s games have become over the winter period and the squad has only become thinner since, with Dele Alli’s hamstring tear at Fulham and the Chelsea game seeing Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko taken off too.
With Sunday’s game sandwiched between a League Cup semi-final and a Premier League visit from Watford, such a situation at Tottenham gives way to the question ‘How do you rotate when you’re already starting your second choice players?’. Of course the answer that immediately presents itself, wide-eyed and very willing, is the academy squad. Read More