After seeing Son go down in the North London derby, many feared the worst. However, Alasdair Gold has revealed that the South Korean could be back in contention for the Newcastle game after the international break.
But who should replace Son if he misses the Aston Villa game this weekend?
Giovani Lo Celso
The most likely solution. Lucas would move out to the left and Lo Celso would slot into the attacking mid role after returning to training recently. This would see the ‘dream’ midfield in Ndombele, Lo Celso, and Højbjerg finally getting some more minutes together.
Following Erik Lamela’s red card against Arsenal, Bergwijn and Bale would be the only fit wingers in the squad, provided Lucas is considered to be an attacking mid now. Bergwijn will more than likely be in the squad to face Aston Villa and could be given a chance to start on the left – a chance he needs to take.
This could be yet another opportunity for Dele Alli to prove himself. Dele was given a chance against Dinamo Zagreb but didn’t quite take it. Should the Englishman find himself in the starting XI against Aston Villa, he absolutely must make his mark. This would also move Lucas out to the left.
Seemingly Mourinho’s preferred option between Winks and Sissoko following his appearance against Crystal Palace. We could see Winks slot in beside Højbjerg and move Ndombele into the attacking mid role. In this scenario, Lucas Moura would again move out to the left.
The least likely solution. But nonetheless, this offers Mourinho a lethal striker up front in Vinicius and a playmaker and goal scorer behind him in Harry Kane. This solution would also see Lucas Moura move out to the left side.
All in all, Mourinho has multiple options to consider going into the weekend. Jose will feel optimistic with his choices and know we have the quality to win and get back into the top four race, even if Son is out.