Three footballers who played better under Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham

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The appointment of Ange Postecoglou as Tottenham manager has proven to be an inspired decision thus far. Spurs have been reinvigorated and play with a newfound sense of adventure under the Australian.

After a poor 2021/22 campaign, Tottenham have hit the ground running this season, accruing 13 points from their opening 5 matches. Postecoglou’s attacking philosophy has been embraced by the players, much to the delight of fans.

A raft of shrewd summer signings such as Vicario, Udogie, van de Ven and Maddison have strengthened the squad. However, it’s the improvement of several incumbents that has been most striking.

Under Postecoglou’s tutelage, three players in particular have taken their games to new heights. Released from rigid tactics, they are now thriving in a flexible system that plays to their strengths.

Early indications suggest Postecoglou could be the man to finally unlock Tottenham’s potential and turn them into a force again. If these players continue on their upward trajectories, the sky’s the limit for Spurs this season.

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Richarlison

After a dismal first season at Tottenham, Richarlison finally opened his account for the campaign against Sheffield United. The goal could be just what the Brazilian needs to kickstart his Spurs career under Postecoglou.

The manager was full of praise for Richarlison’s performance, stating: «Richy was excellent when he came on today. The substitutes really changed the game for us, but Richarlison in particular made a big impact».

Postecoglou also offered some wisdom to the struggling star: «Sometimes off-field issues can negatively affect your football. But Richarlison has continued working hard in training despite his personal troubles».

For any player, it’s about maintaining perspective and not becoming overwhelmed. A performance like today’s should give Richarlison renewed confidence to keep pushing on.”

With his Spurs manager in his corner, Richarlison will be hopeful this goal sparks a turnaround in his Tottenham career.

Yves Bissouma

When Tottenham splashed £25 million to acquire Bissouma from Brighton last summer, big things were expected of the midfielder. However, he struggled under Conte, looking an ill-fit in the Italian’s 3-4-2-1 system. After a debut season to forget, Bissouma has been revitalized under Postecoglou.

The 26-year-old has played nearly every minute during Spurs’ impressive start to 2023/24. Arguably their standout performer so far, Bissouma finally looks worth the hefty price tag.

As Peter Crouch stated in TNT’s coverage of the Bournemouth win: «Bissouma looks like a £100 million player now». Unshackled by Postecoglou’s flexible tactics, the Malian is realizing his potential at Spurs.

 

After an underwhelming maiden campaign, Bissouma appears to have found his home in north London under the Australian’s guidance. If he maintains this scintillating form, he could prove a bargain at £25 million.

 

Pape Matar Sarr

Per Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham rejected over four offers for Pape Matar Sarr this summer, despite the 20-year-old making just two Premier League starts last season.

However, Sarr vindicated Postecoglou’s belief in him with a stellar performance in his first start under the Australian boss. Scoring Spurs’ second goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United, the Senegalese put in an energetic, tactically astute display in midfield, earning man of the match honors.

When asked about Sarr after the match, Postecoglou praised “He’s been excellent since I got here. Today was just reward for his efforts.”

After a season languishing on the fringes, Sarr has seized his opportunity early this campaign. His breakout showing versus United demonstrated exactly why Postecoglou was so reluctant to let the youngster leave. If he can maintain this form, a bright future awaits at Tottenham.

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