Tottenham Hotspur suffered yet another injury setback during their hard-fought draw with Liverpool on Saturday - but it may well work out in their interest.
Nacer Chadli went down in the early stages of the game with an ankle injury and the Daily Mail yesterday reported that he is set to miss the next four weeks with suspected ligament damage.
The Belgian has made a fairly unspectacular start to the season however, and has failed to build on his excellent campaign last term, which saw him bag 13 goals.
Mauricio Pochettino has continued to persist with Chadli despite his poor form in recent weeks, and his stint on the sidelines will now force the Argentine to look at his other options.
With Heung-Min Son’s expected return date still unclear, Clinton N’Jie is the likely candidate to step up to the plate and after seven substitute appearances this season – it’s time for the Cameroonian to show what he can do from the start.
The former Lyon man has impressed in his previous cameo roles but Saturday’s showing against Liverpool is an indication of the type of player Spurs have on their hands at the moment.
The flying winger is as raw as he is talented and will take some time to fully get up to speed with how the rest of the Spurs team operate.
He was guilty of wasting possession several times after coming on for Chadli in the 11th minute but also showed enough glimpses of his pace and attacking threat to suggest he will be a real asset once fully settled.
In the absence of Son, pace is the main component missing from the Tottenham attack and Clinton’s inclusion will be welcome for that trait alone.
Pochettino’s failure to start the Cameroonian so far this season suggests he is not entirely convinced that the summer signing is quite up to the task just yet however, and he could well opt for Dele Alli instead.
The 19-year old has played in a deeper midfield role in the absence of first Ryan Mason and then Eric Dier, but is preferred as one of the three behind the striker and could line up alongside Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela in the Lilywhites' next outing.
Whether it’s Alli or Clinton that gets the nod in Chadli’s absence, Tottenham’s attack will be the better and more dynamic for it, meaning the latest in a long list of injury concerns is no reason to despair for the Spurs faithful.