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How Tottenham's injury woes may cost them in the long run

Tottenham Hotspur have just endured back to back losses in the premier league and within the span of 2 match days have fallen from 1st place to 4th place.

Tottenham's injury woes started last week Monday when they welcomed Chelsea to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. During the feisty game, Tottenham suffered injuries to two key players to how they function; that being of new signings Mickey Van Der Ven and James Maddison.

Both men had been instrumental to the success of the team with Maddison having 5 assists already in the Premier League this season as well as being Tottenham's top rated player throughout the season so far at 7.91, showing his consistency throughout.

On the other hand, Mickey Van Der Ven has been influential in the Lilywhites having kept 4 clean sheets in the opening 12 matches of the season and settling into a partnership with vice captain, Christian Romero.

These injuries hit Tottenham as a result of the lack of trusted back-ups within these areas of play. When Tottenham had lost both players, the score was at 1-1. The game would end 4-1 to Chelsea who gave Tottenham their first defeat of the season.

Things would go from bad to worse for Postecoglou's side on their trip to the Molineux on Saturday. Here, they suffered another defeat, losing 2-1 to Wolves and consequently dropping from top of the league to being in 4th place.

Tottenham have expected for Maddison to be out for at least a month with Van Der Ven not being available until January 2024.

This seems almost like a worse case scenario for the Lilywhites, given how the Premier League is about to hit the busy Christmas periods which could cause some trouble for the fitness of the squad and as a result the performances could drop. This would be especially worrying for Spurs fans, given how fierce and tight the battle is at the top of the Premier League with there only being 3 points separating League leaders Manchester City and 5th place Aston Villa.

The next 8 games until the new year will sure be interesting to see how Postecoglou handles it. If Postecoglou cannot retrieve back the scintillating form that Tottenham had at the start of the season, then the end might not be so fruitful after all...

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