Tottenham Hotspur’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, is facing a challenging situation as he navigates a series of injuries and suspensions ahead of today’s clash against Aston Villa. In light of the team’s depleted defensive and midfield options, speculation is rife that Postecoglou may turn to Rodrigo Bentancur, eyeing the Uruguayan midfielder for his first start of the season.
The North London club finds itself grappling with a shortage of players in crucial positions due to a combination of injuries and suspensions. Notable absentees include Micky van de Ven and James Maddison, both sidelined until the new year, leaving voids in the defensive and midfield departments.
Furthermore, Yves Bissouma’s suspension and Cristian Romero’s continued absence after a red card against Chelsea compound the challenges for Postecoglou. The manager is now anxiously monitoring the fitness of Pape Matar Sarr, the Senegal international, who missed Friday’s training session, leaving the midfield options even more limited.
In this context, Rodrigo Bentancur emerges as a potential solution for Postecoglou’s midfield puzzle. The Uruguayan, who returned to action last month following an ACL injury in February, gained valuable minutes during the international break while representing Uruguay.
Postecoglou has been cautious in deploying Bentancur from the start, but with the current shortage in midfield, it appears that the time is ripe for the midfielder to reclaim his position in the starting XI against Aston Villa. The manager may see Bentancur as a key asset to bolster the team’s midfield strength and bring a level of experience and skill to the crucial fixture.