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A number of Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham players have departed Hotspur Way to go and represent their respective countries for the upcoming international fixtures

The 2023/24 season very much has a stop-start feel to it from a Tottenham Hotspur perspective. Top of the Premier League table as things stand after recording 20 points from their first eight games of the season, Spurs fans would no doubt like the league games to continue given the team’s current momentum.

That unfortunately isn’t the case as we have now reached the second international break of the season. It only seems like two minutes ago that the players jetted off across the globe for September’s international break, the pause in play has come after only four Tottenham matches.

The lack of European and Carabao Cup football means that Spurs only have another four games on the calendar before domestic football pauses in early November for the final international fixtures of the year. There is nothing Ange Postecoglou and Spurs can do about the international breaks, though, and all will be hoping that those heading away from Hotspur Way come back unscathed ahead of the Premier League home match against Fulham.

Usually a time when everyone connected with the club are watching the games through their fingers, October’s international break could have its plus points for the Lilywhites. Two players set to get some vital minutes under their belt over the next fortnight include Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso.

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The 2023/24 season has been a very frustrating one for Hojbjerg as his minutes have decreased dramatically after dropping out of the Tottenham XI. Previously one of the first names on the teamsheet, the Dane now has a bit-part role to play under Postecoglou and has had to contend with minutes off the bench.

September’s international football fixtures proved to be very successful for the player as he scored in Demark’s wins over San Marino and Finland. The hope is that the player can take his form from the last break into this one and come back in confident mood, especially as there’s a very good chance he will be in the starting XI against Fulham.

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Yves Bissouma’s red card in last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Luton Town means he is suspended for the visit of the west London club, thus opening up a gap for his teammate to come in. Hojbjerg played a huge role in the victory in Bedfordshire and should be in the team on merit.

Another player who could benefit from the upcoming international fixtures is Giovani Lo Celso. Outstanding for Tottenham in pre-season but unable to force his way into the starting XI at the beginning of the campaign, his first start of the season at Fulham ended in disappointment as he came off with a quad strain.

The Argentina international has not featured since but Postecoglou and Spurs were handed a big boost when he returned to the matchday squad at Luton Town. Argentina’s games against Paraguay and Peru hand the player the opportunity to get some much-needed minutes in the tank ahead of the return of domestic football.

Given his place behind James Maddison in the pecking order, starts for Spurs look like they will be hard to come by for Lo Celso at present. The Argentina games give him the chance to get back to true match sharpness as quickly as possible and that could come as a big boost to Spurs as he could well be required in the upcoming fixtures against Fulham, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Wolves.

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