He won’t travel’: Ange Postecoglou confirms Tottenham player is being left off pre-season tour

The former Celtic boss is hoping to reignite Spurs and produce a good season after a disastrous campaign last time out saw Tottenham capitulate towards the back end of the campaign.

For Postecoglou, having a top summer will be key. He’ll be keen to give players a chance and while new signings are key, there’ll be opportunities for fringe players to impress as well.

However, one player who won’t get the chance to impress the new boss is goalkeeper, Fraser Forster.

Speaking to Football.London, Postecoglou has confirmed that the experienced stopper has a back injury and therefore, won’t be travelling.

“We do have a couple, Rodrigo Bentancur is still out. Fraser Forster has a back injury and he won’t travel. There’s a couple of others. We’ll see how they go. I’d really like as many of the group as possible to go to begin building that team and camaraderie,” Postecoglou said.

Forster will no doubt be annoyed by the latest injury. With Hugo Lloris gone, there is a chance for the England man to stake his claim despite the new signing of Vicario.

Big chance for Vicario

Fraser Forster will have been hoping to impress in pre-season and start the season as the number one stopper.

But it looks like he’s had quite the setback and this is a chance now for new signing Vicario to make his mark.

Postecoglou is going to need his goalkeeper to produce this season if Spurs want success. Forster’s setback, then, is not an ideal start to the campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium general view - Vicario

Fabrizio Romano has released an update on the negotiations between Tottenham Hotspur and Edmond Tapsoba. According to the Italian journalist, talks between the Premier League side and Bayer Leverkusen continue as each team is preparing for their pre-season friendlies later this month.

Edmond Tapsoba or Micky van de Ven: Who Should Tottenham Prioritize?

The transfer guru noted that deals are being worked on for both players, but the Burkinabé has a better case due to his superior experience and attributes. Although Van de Ven has remarkable consistency for a 22-year-old he has not faced the quality of competition that Tapsoba has. Despite being just two years older, the 24-year-old has competed in five campaigns in either the Europa League and Champions League over the course of his career.

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If Spurs wish to qualify for a European tournament this season, signing a centre-back who has faced some of the best teams in the world would be less of a gamble than purchasing the Wolfsburg man who has yet to prove himself outside of the Bundesliga.

When it comes to other attributes, the right-footed player has also been recognized for his composure, passing ability, and incredible strength during his time in Germany, with some even describing him as “blessed with pace, strength, awesome passing…”. This combination of offensive capabilities and defensive reliability will make him a great fit for the attacking style that Ange Postecoglou will implement.

If Not Both, At Least One

In reality, the 8th-place finishers need the talents of both of their top defensive targets. However, the financial circumstances would likely be larger than what Daniel Levy would be willing to spend. If this is the case, it is crucial that the Chairman secure the signature of at least one of them.

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