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Six Tottenham Hotspur stars could give Ange Postecoglou a new headache during the hectic festive period

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Yellow cards galore could give Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou more problems

As Tottenham Hotspur prepare for upcoming fixtures, there’s an additional concern looming over the squad – the risk of key players serving suspensions due to accumulated yellow cards in the Premier League.

The injury crisis at Spurs, with notable absentees like James Maddison, Micky van de Ven, Manor Solomon, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon, and Ivan Perisic, has already posed significant challenges for manager Ange Postecoglou. The recent string of results, with just one point from the last five Premier League games, underscores the impact of these personnel setbacks.

While Cristian Romero has recently returned from a three-match suspension and Yves Bissouma has served a ban for accumulating five yellow cards this season, five other Tottenham players are walking a disciplinary tightrope. Bissouma’s return eases one concern for Postecoglou.

Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma received a yellow card against Wolves.
Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma received a yellow card against Wolves.

The looming threat of suspensions for Destiny Udogie, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dejan Kulusevski, Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, and Pape Matar Sarr adds an additional layer of complexity to squad management.

Too much going on for Ange?

Udogie has four yellow cards while the rest have three. The statistics can be confirmed via the website of the Premier League. According to the league rules, any player receiving five bookings in the first 19 league matches of the season will face an automatic one-match ban.

Postecoglou, already dealing with a depleted roster, will need to navigate upcoming fixtures with a delicate balance, ensuring these key players avoid disciplinary issues that could further deplete his options.

Tottenham star Destiny Udogie is one yellow card away from a suspension.
Tottenham star Destiny Udogie is one yellow card away from a suspension.

With important clashes on the horizon in the festive period, maintaining squad depth becomes paramount for Tottenham.

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As the season progresses, keeping players disciplined on the field will be as crucial as managing injuries for Postecoglou. Best be assured these players would have a tough time avoiding a yellow until the 19th game of the season. We hope they do though.

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