Spurs fans are generally agreed that Moussa Dembele has been missed on the left side of defensive midfield and the majority opinion also suggests that Tom Huddlestone is struggling to fill his place.
Hudd is returning after a long injury absence and while he’s earned praise from AVB, there are criticisms of pace, which he never really had, while on Saturday there was an inability to clear the first defender from constant open play and set piece situations.
On the positive side, there is a potential, long term contender as a more mobile and exciting deputy and while it’s a little early to call Tom Carroll the new Modric, as some have done, there may be a case of giving the England under 19 man a run in the side.
One website has run a stream of Twitter comments that backed up any claims and with the obvious benefit of hindsight, it could have been throwing Tom into a run of games where we ultimately lost four out of five in the league.
There are hints now that Moussa could be back in time for Sunday’s game with West Ham but before then, it would be no surprise to see Carroll start for Spurs in Thursday night’s match at Lazio.
So for now, the question in the title may be redundant but should Tom C rather than Tom H provide the cover in Dembele’s position if it’s needed again this season?