Spurs will welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday and Ange Postecoglou is going to see the return of several important players.
South Korea’s Asian Cup semi-final loss to Jordan means Son has returned to North London and the forward is in line to feature against the Seagulls. Pape Sarr and Yves Bissouma were also playing for their respective national teams at AFCON but they are also back in training.
“Yeah, they’re all good,” the Spurs boss has told the press. “Biss had a slightly longer trip and then Sonny had a pretty tough tournament in terms of the extra-time matches and late finishes but both trained today and are in good spirits.
“It’s good to get the guys back in the building. All three of them were representing their countries, unfortunately their tournaments have ended early but we’re the beneficiaries of that.”
Son has scored 12 Premier League goals this season so his return will be a major boost for the Spurs manager. January arrival Timo Werner has not made a significant impact in terms of goals and since the South Korean is back, he will replace the German on the left wing.
Bissouma and Sarr have also been consistent this season so the pair is most likely to replace Bentancur and Hojbjerg in central midfield.
Apart from these three players, Giovani Lo Celso has fully recovered from his injury but we don’t think he is going to get a start this weekend.
Ange added: “Gio’s back training with the group which is good and he’s had a good week in training.”
Manor Solomon and Ryan Sessegnon are the only two players who will be missing for Spurs but the Australian manager can do perfectly without these two.
Tottenham have won just two matches in 2024 and their last game was a 2-2 draw vs Everton where the Toffees scored a 94th minute to pick up a point. Thankfully, Spurs still haven’t lost a lot of ground in their quest for Champions League football and if Villa slip up against Man United then the Lilywhites can get back into the top four of the table.