Since the Premier League shut down operations on 10th March, the FA have been doing everything possible to get the league going again, as Project Restart gets under way.
During this time, many players who were on the club’s injury lists will have continued to go through their rehabilitation stages to try and get fit for the restart, and perhaps give their club a small boost in the process.
The Coronavirus has been absolutely devastating, not only for football and sport in general, but also for the general public at large, as swathes of people have been stuck in lockdown, without even the release of being able to watch their club competing for 3 points. However, could Spurs perhaps benefit from this break in the schedule, should the league actually get going again?
Although Tottenham only had three players out, these were almighty talents of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Steven Bergwijn, three of their marquee players so far this season and almost their whole attack. It has been especially noticeable that, when everything shut down, Spurs hadn’t won in 6 games, scoring only 5 during those matches and losing 4 of them.
The last of these was the 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig, where it was painfully clear for all to see that the team lacked any sort of bite without their three attackers. Another stat comes from Planet Football, who showed that when Son and Kane are not playing, they lose over half of their matches, compared with just a third when they are fit. In addition to this, their win rate drops massively, when it goes from winning over half of their games with the pair, to just 13% without them. (13 – unlucky for some and Spurs are definitely counted within that).
One other reason why Spurs could be the team to come best out of the Coronavirus break, reveals itself when you look at how many of their players had played 10 league matches up until March – 16, and one of those was the departed Christian Eriksen. This means, that almost the exact same 11 had played the entire season, which must have meant they had been run ragged, with games in the cups and Champions League also to take into consideration.
Sure, the argument could be made that teams like Bournemouth, who had an even worse injury crisis at the time of stopping, may also potentially reap massive benefits from it. However, Tottenham have such a thin starting XI, that I think the impact of just Kane alone coming back outweighs any other team’s benefits.
Therefore, the point is made, with 3 attacking players to return and maybe the transfer window opening for Jose to FINALLY make some buys, Tottenham could potentially profit in terms of results from the Coronavirus break.