As his elite players continue to return to the fold, Ange Postecoglou may soon find himself in the finest type of predicament when it comes to his Tottenham Hotspur team selections.
For the whole of Sunday’s Premier League match at Old Trafford, Spurs were in control of Manchester United, and they deserved better than the draw they earned.
Despite the absence of 11 players, including all of their attacking and creative central midfielders, due to a sickness that struck five players during the week, Postecoglou was still able to use three players—Micky van de Ven, Cristian Romero, and debutant Timo Werner—two of whom had not played a game in weeks or months.
But whichever team Postecoglou chooses, his philosophy will be evident, and Tottenham will be even more excited about what comes ahead. This is because, although the Spurs manager hasn’t had much control over many of his team choices in recent months, if his players can stay out of the treatment room, he will face challenges on the field.
Romero and Van de Ven will have competition in central defense from newcomer Radu Dragusin. Only three players from among Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr, James Maddison, Giovani Lo Celso, Oliver Skipp, and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg can be chosen by the Australian for the midfield.
Then, with a full roster, he would have to choose one of the following three players to start each game: Werner, Bryan Gil, Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, Richarlison, Manor Solomon, Alejo Veliz, and Jamie Donley, a gifted young player.
In the most recent episode of their podcast, Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham, our Tottenham journalists Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest explore all of the aforementioned topics while also going in-depth on the draw at United and the last few weeks of the transfer market.
You may watch the episode on YouTube by clicking this link, or you can access the show in podcast format on the majority of platforms by going here.