Tottenham Hotspur’s fall from grace across the 2022-23 Premier League season continued earlier today at Villa Park after Ryan Mason’s foundering Spurs side was dealt another blow in their hopes of securing some semblance of European football next term thanks to Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.
Coming into the weekend, Spurs had just a three-point cushion over Villa after only recently putting an end to a four-match skid (0-1-3) that was likely to deny them Champions League football next season unless they found three points on their travels this weekend after narrowly defeating Crystal Palace last time out.
Mason’s outfit is now guaranteed to miss out on Europe’s top club competition after Emery’s Villa continued their overall run of form under the veteran Spanish manager, who is averaging more points than any other headmaster in the Premier League (with at least ten matches in charge) other than compatriots Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta since his return to England.
Goals from Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz sealed all three points at Villa Park on either side of the half-time interval, negating the influence of a late Harry Kane penalty and condemning Tottenham to just one win in their last six Premier League fixtures after today’s performance.
On a day where Tottenham managed just five shots while being flagged for offside at a greater rate, which included a late equalizer by Son Heung-min that was ultimately pulled back after the South Korean star was judged to have jumped the gun on his run behind the Villa defense, summarized the club’s fortunes on the pitch across the duration of the season.
Questions will certainly be raised on the futures of a number of key Tottenham personnel, namely the aforementioned Kane and Son, as well as Dejan Kulusevski, who is destined to return to Juventus at the conclusion of his two-year loan spell in the capital. Without Champions League football, the Swedish international may view other transfer avenues given the notion that his future looks destined to be away from Turin.
As for Villa and Emery, who now sit joint-sixth in the table, will look to keep faith in the form book given the chances of catching Liverpool are slim after the Reds have won each of their last six fixtures. They will also have to keep one eye looking behind them due to Brighton’s two matches in hand, with Roberto De Zerbi’s Seagulls set to clash with Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow.