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Tottenham could struggle against Wolves amid ‘massive blow’ verdict – Spurs Expert



Tottenham could struggle against Wolves amid ‘massive blow’ verdict – Spurs Expert

Tottenham will still struggle against Wolves despite a “massive blow” to the visitors after they lost Matheus Cunha to injury, according to John Wenham.

Spurs will host Gary O’Neil’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-December.

Wolves will be without Cunha after the forward suffered a “significant” hamstring injury in the 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday 10 February (via BBC Sport, 14 February).

While this will hurt the visitors’ chances of claiming three points in North London, Wenham is still wary of the threat the away side pose.

Speaking exclusively to Tottenham News, Wenham said: “Cunha is an impressive player. He is more or less first in every attacking stat for Wolves this season and he’s a real focal point for them.

“He had kind of gone under the radar before that hattrick against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks ago, and his absence is a massive blow for them.

“Having said that, they still have some very good players, the likes of Hwang Hee-Chan and Pedro Neto, and we’ve always had difficult games against Wolves.

“We have lost on our last two trips to Molineux, and just about scraped past them at home last season, so while I do expect Spurs to win the game, I think it will be difficult.”

Tottenham have now excuses

This was already a must-win game before the Cunha news.

Considering Spurs’ opponents have now lost one of their most in-form players to injury, there are absolutely no excuses for Postecoglou and his players.

If they want to qualify for UEFA Champions League football next season, then these are the type of games they need to win.

Spurs are more or less back to full strength after an extended period where several key players were missing.

Their fans will want to see the form they started in at the beginning of the season once again now that all of their stars are back, and that must start on Saturday against Wolves.

In other Tottenham news, one pundit wants Spurs to sign a “standout” Premier League star this summer.

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Tottenham Hotspur signed Timo Werner on loan from RB Leipzig during the January transfer window.

The North London outfit needed a versatile attacker who could slot anywhere across the front three and contribute with goals and creativity. The 28-year-old has proven to be a useful acquisition so far and he has already chipped in with a couple of assists in the Premier League.

It will be interesting to see if the German international can establish himself as an important player for Tottenham in the coming months. The North London outfit have the option to sign him permanently at the end of the season. If Werner can impress on a consistent basis, Tottenham might just decide to trigger the buyout clause in his loan contract.

Meanwhile, journalist Dean Jones has suggested to Give Me Sport that the German international could be a handy option for Tottenham but he is never going to be an exceptional player at this stage of his career. The claim certainly makes sense given the fact that Werner is 28. There is hardly a significant room for development at this age.

He said: “Werner is going to be questioned a lot purely because if it feels like that’s the narrative that’s supposed to surround him. Wherever he’s gone in the last few years, there’s been a lot of expectation around him and a lot of scrutiny. I personally think he’s a good player. I don’t think he’s ever going to be an exceptional player at this point, like at one stage of his career it looked like he might be. But in terms of what Ange Postecoglou can get out of him, I’m actually quite optimistic and I think he’s still a good fit for Tottenham. But obviously, it’s that consistency with Timo Werner that’s always going to be the thing that you want to see more of and that’s what he’s got to prove across this this season.”

The German international was expected to develop into a world class player prior to his move to Chelsea. However, the transfer to Stamford Bridge did not work out for him and he was heavily criticised during his spell with the Blues. He did end up winning the UEFA Champions League trophy with them, but he decided to return to the Bundesliga eventually.


Tottenham could be huge beneficiaries from Real Madrid signing Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe has been linked with numerous moves over the past few years, though the finances involved in striking a deal with PSG for his services have been a sticking point in negotiations for the majority of suitors.

Real Madrid have remained informed of the situation throughout though, having tabled record-breaking bids for the ex-Monaco star in 2021 and 2022. The higher powers in the Spanish capital are desperate to make Mbappe their next Galactico, and their patience is set to be rewarded

It emerged over the weekend that the 25-year-old had informed PSG that he will not be signing a contract extension at the Parc des Princes over the next few months as he intends on becoming a free agent in July when his current deal expires. Madrid, of course, remains an increasingly likely destination for Mbappe, with negotiations already ongoing.

If the deal goes ahead then there will be plenty of knock-on effects, with players expected to leave Madrid in order to facilitate Mbappe’s arrival. Spurs could be among the beneficiaries given that they are desperate to acquire the services of Los Blancos’ summer signing Guler.

According to Sport, Ange Postecoglou’s side have already registered an interest in signing the 18-year-old after witnessing him struggle for minutes at Madrid so far this season. The Spanish giants have responded to enquiries by inviting loan offers from interested clubs, though it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to entertain permanent bids following the arrival of Mbappe.

Guler joined the La Liga outfit during the summer transfer window from Fenerbahce in a deal worth £17million, but he has made just four appearances in all competitions since touching down in Spain.

With other top talents, such as Jude Bellingham, trusted by Carlo Ancelotti, the Turkish international may grow restless of sitting on the sidelines and waiting for minimal opportunities, and the prospect of playing Premier League football for an attacking side like Spurs could be persuasive.

Madrid worked hard to acquire the services of Guler previously but the arrival of Mbappe is likely to change the landscape of their squad and their desire to sign the PSG star will certainly have financial consequences which require player sales to resolve.