Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has fought the urge to rotate his squad too much this season.
Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Harry Kane have started all 17 Premier League games, while Eric Dier has missed just one match in all competitions so far – and that was because he was suspended.
Although Pochettino likes to stick with his best players, he will need options in order to deal with injuries and fatigue as the season goes deep.
Up front is one area where Spurs are short of depth. Kane is the main striker, while Clinton Njie and Heung-min Son, who often plays in attacking midfield are the only other players capable of leading the attack.
According to ITV Sport, Njie has just undergone knee surgery, with Tottenham’s official club Twitter account elaborating to tell us that the problem is with the 22-year-old’s medial collateral ligament.
A very brief article was published on tottenhamhotspur.com. It did not estimate how long Njie would be sidelined, but it is feared that he could miss the majority of the remaining months in the 2015-16 campaign.
Clinton has undergone surgery to his knee (medial collateral ligament) after picking up the injury against Monaco. pic.twitter.com/J7kWDVFz9F
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 20, 2015
With Njie out of the picture for a while, Spurs – who went fourth in the Premier League table with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Southampton – could be prompted into bolstering their attack in January Transfer Window.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi and West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino were both being tracked by White Hart Lane officials.
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Batshuayi has scored 11 goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this season, while Berahino – after netting 20 in all competitions last term – has only noticed three in 12 Premier League outings.
However, either man would undoubtably strengthen Spurs, considering Njie has yet to hit the net in 13 games for the London side, while Son has only scored three in 15 outings.