After such a fantastic run in recent times, Jose Mourinho may be cursing his luck after losing Toby Alderweireld to injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s superb weekend win.
Spurs have conceded one goal in their last four league games. And it appears that pairing Alderweireld with Eric Dier has proved to be an inspired decision.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, a rethink is now required. After Alderweireld came off against Manchester City, Mourinho told Sky Sports that he fears that the Belgian could be out for a long period.
It was Joe Rodon who replaced Alderweireld on Saturday. And in truth, it would be little surprise if the Wales international was in line for a prolonged run in the side for the time-being.
However, Rodon impressing would not solve all of Mourinho’s issues. That is because the summer signing was not brought in in time to make their Europa League squad.
So it may be a different option who comes in on Thursday when Ludogorets come to North London.
Some fans may be hoping to see Japhet Tanganga get his chance. However, given that Tanganga has not made an appearance since September, perhaps it may still be too soon for the youngster to start.
So instead, perhaps it may be Davinson Sanchez who gets the nod.
And if he is indeed handed a start, perhaps it may be fair to say that the Colombian cannot afford to not produce a good performance.
Sanchez – who earns £65,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – has been out of favour in recent weeks. The 24-year-old has not featured in the top flight in more than a month.
His form had come in for criticism. So he surely needs to make the most of any game-time he gets over the coming weeks.
Rodon looks to be a special talent, but is still unproven in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Tanganga is actually in a similar boat.
Sanchez has proven in the past that he can be an outstanding performer. And rediscovering that form should he get further chances in Europe may be particularly beneficial with Alderweireld sidelined.