Football is back. And it could not have come at a better time for Tottenham.
Before the Premier League abruptly stopped, Tottenham Hotspur were out of the Champions League after being battered by RB Leipzig as part of a 6-match winless streak. This streak also included an embarrassing loss to Norwich in the FA Cup which ended any chance of them claiming any silverware again. With a mounting injury list, things looked grim for them.
Key players such as Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijin and Moussa Sissoko were all expected to be out for the rest of the season. Tottenham looked certain to miss out on a Top 4 place as they sat in 8th with a lack of firepower up top.
Dele Alli playing as a striker as Jose Mourinho deemed Troy Parrott not yet up to the task indicated everything you need to know about Tottenham’s striking options. The Special One was no longer the Happy One as he proclaimed at his unveiling at Tottenham but was becoming more like what Manchester United fans saw in his last season in charge, the Angry One had been summoned again.
The Tottenham manager stating that it would be hard for the Tottenham to finish in the Top 4 and that should Spurs finish in the Top 4, it would rank higher than him guiding Manchester United to second on his list of achievements, no mean feat as the Portuguese had previously declared it one of his proudest moments in football.
Although, that Top 4 place looked even more out of reach when Tottenham drew with Burnley. They had Man Utd next and they were the complete opposite of what Tottenham was, Bruno Fernandes had revitalised the Red Devils and everyone was expecting Mourinho’s old team to put the final nail in the coffin to Tottenham’s Top 4 hopes. Then the Premier League was suspended.
Three months on, the situation for Tottenham is still the same, a win against United is imperative. But the fortunes surrounding both teams are completely different.
Whilst, United will welcome Rashford and Pogba back from injury, the precious momentum they had acquired on the back of that Bruno Fernandes inspired winning streak is all but gone. Pundits before would’ve tipped the game in United’s favour, now it is all even. Tottenham’s once mounting injury list is a thing of the past, the likes of Son, Kane, Bergwijin and Sissoko set to return for Spurs.
Yet, it is not the return of Kane that might tip the scales in Tottenham’s favour but rather it is the much-anticipated return of Son that will give Spur’s fans hope that they will able to get the win against United to keep their Top 4 hopes alive.
The South Korean is a mix of blistering pace and sharp finishing, capable of conjuring the unexpected. He will give Tottenham the X-Factor that they have sorely missed in his absence. Kane may bring the goals but Son will that and so much more.
Spurs in the battle for that elusive Champions League spot have something that they never had before the suspension of the Premier League. They have hope but now also have the players to back that hope up. It really is Advantage Tottenham.