Are Spurs being made to rue not naming Maksim Paskotsi in Conference League squad?
Maksim Paskotsi is in the strange position of having made more appearances for his country than the club he joined last summer – Spurs.
The 18-year-old is becoming a regular fixture in Estonia’s side. In fact, plenty of Tottenham fans were lauding his performance in their recent stalemate with Wales in Cardiff.
Understandably, Spurs are biding their time with the teenager. He made his debut for the first-team in the qualifying round of Europa Conference League.
And it had appeared that he was well down the pecking order.
However, after Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, Paskotsi seems to have flown up that list ahead of Thursday’s tie with Rennes.
Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez are elsewhere in Europe. Eric Dier meanwhile, sustained an injury at Selhurst Park.
Nuno may have all three available for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea. But the smart money suggests that Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon will start against the Ligue 1 side.
Tanganga is suspended for Chelsea. So it is a no-brainer to use him. Rodon meanwhile, is easily the best of the rest.
But that is arguably exactly why Nuno would surely wish he had the option to use Paskotsi in Rennes having left the youngster out of his squad.
Paskotsi should have got full debut when Spurs faced Rennes
As things stand, it appears that Sanchez, Romero and Dier will be cutting it fine for Sunday. The South American pair are set to return to England one day earlier. So there are no guarantees over how prepared they will be.
And it remains to be seen how quickly Dier recovers.
Rodon could certainly become very important. And with the youngster having his own issues before the break, it surely makes more sense to rest Rodon in case he is needed at the weekend.
Rennes are a good side. So it would have been a gamble to throw Paskotsi in.
But the Premier League is the priority. And a defeat in their opening Conference League game is clearly not the end of the world in that competition.
Paskotsi is receiving a lot of plaudits right now. And it may have been in Spurs’ best interests to hand him a full debut.