Injury to Van de Ven paves way for Dragusin to challenge for starting role

A cloud hangs over Tottenham Hotspur’s top-four push as Micky van de Ven’s injury against Aston Villa throws a spanner in the works.

The Dutchman went down early in the second half, leaving fans fearing another extended absence. But his unfortunate setback opens the door for Radu Dragusin to showcase his talent.

Van de Ven has proven to be a value-for-money acquisition since joining the club last summer, establishing a formidable partnership with Cristian Romero at the heart of the defence.

The 22-year-old has featured 18 times in the Premier League, contributing a goal and four clean sheets. He has been rock solid and is vital to Ange Postecoglou’s style of play.

His 61% dribble success rate effectively makes him press resistant, while winning 66% of his ground battles emphasises his dominance in 1v1 situations. It’s no wonder fans are gutted about his recurring injury woes.

Van de Ven’s injury remains a serious cause for concern heading into the home stretch, considering he has already missed a large chunk through a hamstring problem that kept him sidelined for six weeks over Christmas.

However, amidst the gloom, there’s a glimmer of hope. The injury paves the way for Dragusin, our January signing from Serie A, to showcase his undeniable talent.

Nicknamed “The Warrior” at Genoa, he arrived with less fanfare than Van de Ven, but his stats suggested he could be another shrewd purchase.

Dragusin had a decent cameo at Villa Park, making some crucial clearances and interceptions, although he failed to win any of his three duels.

The 22-year-old will need a run of games to shake off the rust, but this is his big chance to stake a claim for a regular starting role.

Van de Ven’s likely lengthy absence means the Romanian has to step up and prove he has what it takes to compete at the highest level.