Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to stop the rot when they host London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon…
Will Spurs make changes vs West Ham?
The Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 defeat in their Champions League round of 16 first leg to AC Milan during the week, just days after being hammered 4-1 by Leicester City on Antonio Conte‘s return to the dugout.
He is now set to continue his recovery back home in Italy, so assistant manager Cristian Stellini – who led Spurs to an impressive 1-0 victory over defending champions Manchester City – will take charge for the time being.
Should Romero be dropped from Spurs’ XI today?
The Italian could ring the changes heading into today’s encounter given their poor form, with usually undroppable players such as Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Ivan Perisic all facing the chop due to their recent struggles on the pitch.
Cristian Romero is another player that could face a ruthless axe.
Is Cristian Romero available vs West Ham?
The Argentina centre-back missed the defeat to the Foxes due to suspension, having been sent off against Pep Guardiola’s men and after featuring at the San Siro, his place in the starting XI must be questioned.
Since his return from winning the World Cup in Qatar, Romero has struggled to maintain the form that saw him lift the trophy alongside Lionel Messi and co.
Only one of his last five outings has seen WhoScored grade his performance at 6.32 or better, with both games against Man City drawing a 5.84 and 5.86. respectively.
He was also lucky to not receive another red card against Milan, having chopped down Sandro Tonali with a scathing challenge that on another day would have seen an early bath. Romero was largely at fault for the only goal of the game too, as his aerial challenge with Theo Hernandez was far too pedestrian in the build-up to Brahim Diaz’s strike.
Such exploits have seen plenty suggest that he’s hindering the side more than helping them right now, with TodayFM’s Ed Smith describing him as an “increasing liability” in midweek, whilst one newspaper dubbed him “reckless.”
It’s now been six yellow cards in five outings for the 24-year-old titan, meaning he’s living life on the edge in pretty much every game right now and Stellini – as well as Spurs – cannot afford to carry him through another 90 minutes.
As such, the Italian coach must make a bold and brutal call to ditch the £42.5m man until he sorts out his act, with Davinson Sanchez and even Emerson Royal potential candidates for the right central defensive role.
Both Romero and Son should be pulled out of the firing line at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
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