As has been the case for much of the season, Hugo Lloris has plunged the side he is supposed to lead by example into trouble.
The Frenchman surveyed the scene in Eindhoven last month, with his side 2-1 ahead in a match they really had to win to keep their hopes of Champions League alive and decided the best thing to do was rush out of goal and get himself sent off.
Tottenham’s house of cards came crashing down and their ten men were pegged back in the closing stages; now Mauricio Pochettino must deal with the second stage of the problem his captain has landed him with.
Who should replace Lloris in goal? It boils down to a choice between the experienced but rusty Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga, who is nominally third choice but deputised expertly earlier in the season when Lloris was injured and recovering from the stress and backlash from his drink-driving charge.
In truth, the contrast between their respective performances earlier in the season means that Pochettino doesn’t have much of a decision to make.
The younger man Gazzaniga must get the nod, which should see more confidence permeate a defence that looked shaky in trying to defend that 3-0 lead at Wolves on Saturday in a game Spurs simply cannot afford to lose.