Tottenham Hotspur need to bounce back, and they need to do so extremely quickly.
Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle was an incredibly frustrating result. Spurs played poorly as they lost their first game of the young Premier League season. Next on the docket is a trip to the Emirates for a North London Derby.
Thankfully, it appears that Spurs will have one of their main men back for the crucial match. According to a report from The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace, Dele Alli is expected to return to action for said derby.
Tottenham Hotspur expect Dele Alli to return to action in their North London derby away to Arsenal on Sunday and the England international could be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers when it is announced on Thursday.
The 23-year-old is still yet to play this season and was not named on the bench for the home game against Newcastle United on Sunday that ended in defeat, with Mauricio Pochettino preferring a cautious approach to Alli’s return. The attacking midfielder suffered another hamstring injury over the summer and only returned to training with the first team last week.
It’s unclear whether Dele will be in line to start the game. If Pochettino and the medical staff feel the situation still calls for caution, then he could be most likely to make his appearance of the bench.
A fully-fit Dele would be a huge boost to a Tottenham side that struggled heavily to create chances against Newcastle. Christian Eriksen didn’t start, and the midfielders who did play were unable to break down the visitor’s well-organized defensive lines. Dele can help with that.
The 23-year-old English international also had a bit of success against Arsenal last season. He picked up a goal (a spectacular chipped effort) and an assist in Spurs’ 2-0 win over the Gooners in the League Cup quarterfinals.
Spurs could also use a healthy Tanguy Ndombele for the first NLD of the new campaign. Ndombele missed the Newcastle match with a “minor injury.”
The team news should be out later this week.