Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou’s problems are mounting at a concerning rate after their 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Saturday. Spurs were on course to return to the summit of the Premier League with a hard-fought win at Molineux thanks to Brennan Johnson’s early strike before late strikes from Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina stunned the visitors, and there are a multitude of issues that will make Postecoglou’s job a lot more difficult in the coming weeks.
Having already lost James Maddison to an injury after he was taken off in the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea, Postecoglou will now be forced to make further changes to his side for their next fixture.
That is because Yves Bissouma has picked up his fifth booking of the season, earning the Malian midfielder an automatic one-match suspension in the Premier League. And that ensures he will miss the next game against Aston Villa on November 26 after the international break.
Bissouma has already missed one game through suspension this season after he was sent off in the 1-0 win over Luton last month. The 25-year-old picked up two yellow cards in quick succession, one for simulation, having already been in course for a one-match ban.
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But the regulations state that once a red card is shown, the offence is no longer considered a red card and he moved back onto four bookings. However, his indiscipline against Wolves means he will move onto his fifth booking of the season and sit out for the next game.
Postecoglou has plenty of options available in the central midfield area, especially now that Rodrigo Bentancur has returned from an eight-month spell on the sidelines.
Pape Matar Sarr and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are also available to step in while Bissouma is banned, with both players starting the game on Saturday. But after a perfect start to the season, it has proved to be a horrendous week for the Australian.
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They were forced to travel to West Midlands without Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie after the pair were sent off against Chelsea, while Maddison’s ankle problem could keep him out for several weeks.
Richarlison is also out for several games after undergoing groin surgery, while Manor Solomon has been out injured too. Johnson was forced off against Wolves with a muscle injury, leaving Spurs light in attack.
And the late goals conceded against Wolves means they have now lost consecutive games in the league, having gone unbeaten in their opening 10 games, which will only add to the piling issues for the Tottenham boss.
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