Tottenham Hotspur’s season is in real danger of fizzling out in a similar manner to last year and the young midfielder could freshen up the midfield and provide some attacking impetus.
Whilst there was always a real chance this could happen, Tottenham Hotspur fans had hoped that last year’s disappointment was something that couldn’t be repeated this time around. The squad seemed stronger and their twelve match unbeaten run in the league was built on late goals and a pleasingly stern defensive record.
However three losses in the space of seven days have pulled the rug out from under their feet, and whilst they still have a top four place and a spot in the quarter finals of the Europa League, they no longer have the momentum and safety margin over their rivals that had been carefully accrued over the previous few months.
Some players seems tired and some are simply out of form, and this is particularly true in the centre of the midfield, where even the colossal Mousa Dembele disappointed against Fulham. Scott Parker has not come close to replicating the form he showed last season, and the loss of Sandro’s dynamism has become increasingly apparent in the last three games.
Andre Villas-Boas needs to respond to this, and one way to do this would be to give Tom Carroll a chance to impress from the start when the squad reconvenes after the international break.
Carroll has been given limited appearances so far this season, but has invariably impressed when on the pitch. His touch and confidence in passing the ball around stands in stark contrast to Parker, who frequently stalls Spurs’ attempts to move the ball forward from the back.
Parker is clearly also there to break up the opposition’s play, but even in this regard he has been poor in recent matches, with tiredness coming into his game as a result of having to play almost every minute of Spurs’ matches since Sandro’s injury.
Dembele also looked tired at the weekend, and Spurs improved noticeably against Fulham when Carroll came on for the Belgian on Sunday. Hopefully the international break will give some players a chance to return to full fitness, but whoever is available, Carroll deserves the opportunity to stake his claim for a regular starting spot in the run in.
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