“Asking Santa to recruit” Injured ward + SON Asian Cup call-up → Postecoglou is so desperate

December 17, 2023 | by

Manager Enze Postecoglou is desperate to sign him.

British media “The Athletic” reported on the 16th (Korea time) that “Postecoglou of Tottenham Hotspur joked that he sent a letter to Santa Claus asking him to recruit a player in early January.” Postecoglou said, “Whether he did something wrong or good like children, all he has to do is wait for Sante’s gift.”

Tottenham received a disastrous report card last season, ranking eighth in the league. The team had high expectations since Antonio Conte’s first proper season at Tottenham Hotspur. He maintained the competition for fourth place, as he did not miss out on hopes to advance to the UEFA Champions League. Still, his performance was not as good as ever. 랭크카지노

Conte left the team with a critical remark about Tottenham, and Christian Stellini, the acting coach, took the helm. However, Stellini failed to address Tottenham’s situation and was sacked after losing 1-6 in an away match at Newcastle United. Later, he moved to acting coach Ryan Mason and finished the season in eighth place. It was regrettable that he could not compete in the European competition.

Tottenham marked a new beginning by appointing Postecoglou as its coach. Postecoglou led Celtic last season and displayed aggressive football to achieve a domestic treble. He showed off his capabilities at Celtic, but he also received attention of concern as he has no big league experience.

Tottenham had an active transfer window this summer. Although Harry Kane left for Bayern Munich, they hired Mickey van der Ben, Guglielmo Vicario, James Medicine, Brennan Johnson, and Manor Solomon, and completely traded Pedro Porro and Dejan Kluszewski. They brought in the resources they needed.

Postecoglou made a lot of changes as soon as he came to Tottenham. The biggest change was in the defense. Tottenham enjoyed using the back three in recent years, but Postecoglou used a 4-2-3-1 formation. The back four consisted of Destiny Udogi, Van der Ben, Christian Romero, and Pororo. It was a new combination. The goalkeeper was kept by Vicario instead of Hugo Lloris.

Postecoglou has also changed his captaincy. Son has become Tottenham’s captain ahead of the season. Under the leadership of Enje Postecoglou, Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier, who were previous captains, were excluded from the team’s roster, and as Harry Kane left for Bayern Munich, Son naturally came to wear the captain’s armband.

Tottenham said on its website, “Son Heung-min has been appointed as our team’s captain. Son Heung-min inherited the captain’s armband from Lloris. Medicine and Christian Romero became new vice-captain. Son, who is also the captain of the Korean national soccer team, is now in his ninth season after joining Tottenham.”

Tottenham had a good atmosphere at the beginning of the season. Under Postecoglou, Tottenham showed off aggressive soccer through a leading build-up. Tottenham’s previously frustrating performance disappeared. Tottenham was on a roll. Since the opening, it has been undefeated in 10 games and led the league.

However, it collapsed in the match against Chelsea. Romero was sent off when he tackled Enzo Fernandez, and Medicine and Van der Ben were injured. Furthermore, Tottenham faced Chelsea with nine players as Destiny Udogi received cumulative warnings. Nevertheless, they did not lower the line and confronted each other. In the end, they ended their undefeated match by losing 1-4.

Since then, Tottenham has no win in five games. They had come-from-behind losses in the matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa following the match against Chelsea and tied with Manchester City 3-3. They also allowed a come-from-behind defeat in the match against West Ham United. Tottenham, which was ranked first in the league, fell to fifth in the league. They recently rebounded by catching Newcastle and Nottingham Forest in succession.

It is true that it is still uneasy. Tottenham is in a situation where major players’ injuries are painful. Solomon, Ivan Perisic, Medicine, and Van der Ben are out due to injuries. Medicine and Van der Ben, Tottenham’s core this season, are not expected to return until next year. Currently, there is no reliable center back, so Ben Davis is working with Romero.

Postecoglou wants to reinforce his defense. British media Standard reported that Postecoglou wants to recruit a new center back in January. Van der Ben will not be back until next year, with Ashley Phillips missing due to an ankle injury and Dier missing due to a groin injury. Ben Davies is filling their vacancy.

“Ultimately, we have to recruit another center back. At the moment, if something happens again, we are already short of center backs,” Postecoglou said. Trevor Chalova, Jean-Clerc Todibo, Mark Guehi and Toshin Adarabioyo are known to be interested.

Tottenham need a striker. Kane, who has been in charge of scoring for Tottenham for a long time, left for Munich, and his offense weakened. As Hishalisson came out as the main striker but failed to play his role, Postecoglou appointed Son as one-top. Since then, Son’s scoring ability has been revived and he is ranked third in scoring in the league with 10 goals in 16 games.

However, Son will be sidelined for the Asian Cup next year. Tottenham’s worries are January next year. Son will participate in the 2024 AFC Asian Cup on Jan. 12, and Bissouma and Sarr will participate in the 2024 African Cup of Nations, which begins on Jan. 13. The three players are likely to be away from the end of December for the tournament. The Asian Cup ends on Feb. 10, and the Nations Cup ends on Feb. 11. Tottenham needs to make good use of its winter transfer window to overcome variables such as the injured and its run to international competitions.


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