It won’t be long before Tottenham Hotspur players receive their first taste of an Ange Postecoglou pre-season ahead of the new season.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Ange Postecoglou era officially begins in less than a fortnight, when the players return for pre-season training.
Pre-season training for the club’s non-international players typically starts on the first Monday of July, but football.london knows that some players will return two days earlier this time, on Saturday July 1, Postecoglou’s first official day of work at Spurs. The first day or two of pre-season is usually spent doing fitness tests on the players to assess their condition following their time off.
Then they’ll begin the arduous task of a Postecoglou pre-season to prepare players for what he characterizes as’relentless’ training and match performances during the season. During the season, training consists of 60-70 minutes of nonstop work and exercises on the field, but the summer is likely to be much more difficult as the new head coach gets the players in shape to play his high energy, nonstop brand of attacking and pressing football.
Earlier this month, football.london reported that Ryan Mason would stay at the club to join Postecoglou’s coaching staff, and former Leicester City assistant manager Chris Davies is anticipated to join him.
The early players back will be a mixture of Spurs’ non-internationals and development squad players as Postecoglou takes a closer look at some of the younger players he can work with as well as a few more established players who missed out on international duty this summer.
Yves Bissouma, Eric Dier, Pedro Porro, Emerson Royal, Djed Spence, Bryan Gil, Ryan Sessegnon, Fraser Forster, Japhet Tanganga, Harvey White, Brandon Austin, and Alfie Whiteman will be among the first to return, along with Harry Winks, Sergio Reguilon, and Tanguy Ndombele. As part of his recuperation, injured Rodrigo Bentancur is expected to make appearances throughout the summer.
Everyone else is on international duty but some could well choose to return early in order to impress the new boss and start taking on his very different system and instructions as quickly as possible.
Destiny Udogie and Oliver Skipp are likely to be the most recent additions to the group, given they will both be competing in the European U21 Championships with Italy and England, respectively, with the group stages beginning in late June. If either team makes the final, it will be held on July 8, just a week before Postecoglou’s squad departs for their tour of Australia and Asia.