18 July 2024

Ange Postecoglou tells Celtic players to soak in title success

most recent Tottenham news as Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg presents Ange Postecoglou with a welcoming letter after the player nearly quit the team in the summer.

Ange Postecoglou endured a mixed first transfer window as Tottenham head coach. In terms of new signings, it is fair to say the majority of his targets were acquired, although completing a significant squad clear-out was not as successful and the departure of Harry Kane dominated how Spurs’ summer business was rated.

The deadline day arrival of Brennan Johnson took Tottenham’s spending to over £100million with the Wales international joining James Maddison, Micky van de Ven and Guglielmo Vicario as the big-money signings.

Manor Solomon joined on a free transfer, while promising young duo Ashley Phillips and Alejo Veliz were also brought on board. The loan spells of Dejan Kulusevski and Pedro Porro were also made permanent while Tanguy Ndombele and Japhet Tanganga both departed north London on season-long loans to Galatasaray and Augsburg, respectively.

Spurs had wanted to move on Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the summer, however it was only Sanchez who sealed a permanent exit. As a result, Dier and Lloris look to have been completely phased out of Postecoglou’s squad, although Hojbjerg has remained present and he has now provided further proof he can be an important player this season.

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Pape Matar Sarr has accompanied Yves Bissouma and James Maddison in a three-man midfield which has seen him thus far contribute a goal and an assist. Hojbjerg appears to be considered as Bissouma’s back-up with Oliver Skipp as the one for Sarr, but on international duty Hojbjerg is deployed in a more advanced role, and for good reason.

While away with Denmark, the 28-year-old scored twice with his first coming in the 4-0 win against San Marino courtesy of a powerful strike from the edge of the box after arriving late to the attack. His second, a driven effort from distance, came against Finland and was perhaps a little more important as it proved to be the winning goal.

Aside from being a goal threat, a 30-minute cameo against Bournemouth proved, when out of possession, he is a useful midfielder to have. Postecoglou’s two pragmatic long-term predecessors in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte were perfect for Hojbjerg, but there will still be a clear need for the Dane in the coming months.

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