Spurs’ 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Friday was riddled with late drama not only because of Jordan Ayew’s 94th minute goal but also because of the return to action for Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur.
The former Juventus-man joined Spurs in January of 2022 alongside his teammate and current Spurs player Dejan Kulusevski. Unfortunately, an ACL tear this past February saw him miss months of football.
After such an incredible start in a Spurs shirt, the injury was a major loss for the club.
With the midfielder’s return to action, both players and fans were riddled with excitement.
It was great seeing Lolo finally getting some touches on the ball.
Tottenham’s midfield has been outstanding this season with the addition of James Maddison and a revived Yves Bissouma under Ange’s purview. With the addition of Rodrigo’s abilities, the team could improve even further.
For the player, it meant so much to be able to get back out on the pitch:
“The recovery process has been very long and difficult but thanks to the support of my amazing family, my friends, the club and the fans, I’m finally back and I couldn’t be happier. Yesterday it was a special day for me and now I just want to enjoy football, give my best and help my team-mates who have been by my side every day and have been doing a fantastic job in this first part of the season.”
Ange will be happy to know that his squad can function without the player, and now the manager will be put to the test to figure out how to best utilize him.
Spurs’ next game is against Chelsea. Despite the dip in form for their opponents over the past few months, their breadth of talent and squad depth will still pose a major challenge come match day.
At the moment, it’s hard to say whether or not Bentancur will be getting regular minutes or performing at full capacity any time soon.
Nevertheless, his return to action is exciting and means that Ange will have more players of such high quality to select from soon enough.
Hopefully, a goal like this one which was captured in team training could be something we see very soon: