Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur lost their second game in a row this afternoon after conceding two late goals against Wolves in a rather scrappy affair.

Let’s take a look at five things we learned in defeat:

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Brennan Johnson of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on November 11, 2023 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Lost the Spark –

Partly due to so many changes to the starting XI and partly due to a drop in quality, Tottenham were devoid of any spark today. That quick zip that we associate with Tottenham’s build-up under Ange Postecoglou was missing throughout the 90 minutes. Not only was James Maddison’s creativity missed today, but also the skills of Cristian Romero and Micky Van de Ven in playing out from the back. Whatever the case, others will have to rise to the occasion if Spurs are to consistently score goals still.

Youngsters on the Bench –

There were spots on the bench for Ashley Phillips, Alfie Dorrington, Alejo Veliz, and Jamie Donley today, as Ange Postecoglou handed opportunities for some youngsters to step up and be involved in the squad. The big question is will we see any of them start a game any time soon? Ashley Phillips probably has the best chance of that.

Giovani Lo Celso Decision –

Given how much Spurs lacked creativity today, it might be worth Ange Postecoglou taking a look at Lo Celso as an option from the start. Rodrigo Bentancur could also be an option in a more advanced role, and perhaps he will be ready to start a game in a couple of weeks after the international break. Whatever the case, I worry about a midfield of Bissouma, Sarr and Hojbjerg up against a team like Aston Villa or Man City.

Brennan’s First Goal –

One very slim silver lining for Spurs was that Brennan Johnson got off the mark today. For a long time, it looked like it would be the match-winner. In actual fact, Johnson drifted in and out of the game as Spurs struggled to dictate as they usually do under Postecoglou. But he does look to be making the left side his own, a position that has been occupied by Richarlison, Solomon and Perisic at times already this season.

Bissouma Banned –

It will be a case of one in and one out next game against Aston Villa. Destiny Udogie will return from his suspension, but Yves Bissouma will have to sit one out after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season. The Mali international was not at his best in midfield today and looked a little sloppy at times.

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