Tottenham Hotspur are expected to dip into the transfer market to sign a new left-sided central defender once the window re-opens in January following Micky van de Ven’s injury, according to the Evening Standard.

Ange Postecoglou received a huge blow on Monday evening when the Dutch international was injured during the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after he was caught in a sprint with Nicolas Jackson and went to the ground clutching the back of his leg in an apparent hamstring injury.

The 22-year-old looked to be in some discomfort after suffering the injury in first-half stoppage time and had to be helped back to the dressing room with the assistance of two members of the club’s medical staff.

Lloyd Kelly

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Bournemouth braced for Kelly approach from Spurs

Tottenham now face a wait on the extent of van de Ven’s injury and the report claims that they could focus their attention back on Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly.

Bournemouth are bracing themselves for a fresh approach from the North Londoners in January after they showed an interest in the 25-year-old.

Kelly is out of contract on the south coast at the end of the current campaign and should be available for a lower fee with Bournemouth risking the player walking away as a free agent unless they wish to recoup some money in January.

Tottenham coach Matt Wells, who is responsible for the defensive element of the squad worked with Kelly during his time at Bournemouth while Scott Parker was in charge.

Postecoglou admitted after the Chelsea match that van de Ven’s injury looks to be significant, he told Football.London: “It’s too early. With Micky it’s a pretty significant one.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Micky van de Ven’s injury is a disaster for Spurs given the huge reliance on the Dutchman’s pace to play such a high defensive line, and with respect to the likes of Eric Dier and Ben Davies, they would massively struggle to cope with the constant threat of pacey strikers running in behind over the course of a game.

Kelly would count as a homegrown player and considering his contract is coming to an end, it makes it a no-brainer to bring him in as soon as the window opens.

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