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Tottenham’s defence must be wary of former Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong

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Tottenham’s defence must be wary of former Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong

On Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur face off against PSV Eindhoven in a must-win Champions League fixture in the Netherlands.

Spurs’ defence must be wary of PSV’s on-form striker Luuk de Jong, who has bagged a remarkable nine goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season.

The striker, who endured a terrible loan spell at Newcastle United in 2014, has been scoring goals for fun in the Eredivise this year. The Dutchman has netted six times in his last five league games, spelling bad news for Tottenham’s centre-halves Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur and Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur walk onto the pitch to warm up ahead of the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Stadium mk on September 26, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham truly must gain the three points on Wednesday if they stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages, and a successful performance will start with a strong defensive showing. Alderweireld and Sanchez must keep the free-scoring Dutchman in check and transform their leaky European backline.

 

Spurs have conceded six goals in their opening two group stage matches, a recipe for disaster that must change against PSV Eindhoven.

However, the Tottenham rearguard will be faced with the unenviable task of containing the red-hot Luuk de Jong, and Alderweireld and Sanchez must rise to the challenge in order to preserve their club’s Champions League hopes.

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