The player has also excelled for his team.
Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, allegedly instructed his team to sign a “fundamental” defender from a specific nation.
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Under their new manager, Spurs have improved on the pitch, winning five of their first seven Premier League games while playing an attractive brand of offensive football. With a contentious 2-1 victory over Liverpool in north London on Saturday, Tottenham kept up their remarkable run. Joel Matip’s own goal deep into extra time gave the home team the victory. Postecoglou claimed the thrilling victory at the end of regulation may boost the morale and confidence of his team.
The Australian said, “We knew it wouldn’t be an easy game for us, and even given the conditions, we had some unique obstacles.
“Some of these individuals may be facing situations like this for the first time, but overall, we handled it well. Again, having that late winner increases the group’s confidence and spirit. The problem with Liverpool is that they are still just as dangerous even with 10 men because their game strategy is the same, they capitalize on errors, and they have elite front-line players who can harm you. Because we remained a little calmer, kept up our pressure in the wide spaces, and earned our reward, I thought the second half was better.
After scoring the same number of goals as Pep Guardiola’s blues, the result leaves Postecoglou’s team in second place, just one point behind Man City, who won the treble last season. Being a Spurs fan at this moment is undoubtedly exciting as the hiring of Antonio Conte’s replacement appears to have given the team new vitality. Off the field, chief football officer Scott Munn and chairman Daniel Levy will be gradually preparing for the January transfer window.
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One may argue that Postecoglou’s squad, particularly in central defense, lacks depth below the first team. There aren’t many top-tier alternatives to cover for summer signings Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven, the current star duo.
As a result, recent rumors have suggested that Spurs may look to add a second center-back to van de Ven this winter. Players like Lloyd Kelly of Bournemouth and Gleison Bremer of Juventus have both been mentioned. Another player who has emerged as a possibility is former summertime target Edmond Tapsoba, who recently received some new information.
A report from Spain claims that the 6’4″ Bayer Leverkusen star is a “direct request” from Postecoglou, who appears to have asked his team to complete the acquisition. Levy and company would be making a “ambitious move” by bringing Tapsoba to Spurs, it is stated, but the club is “determined” to strengthen their defense in the near future.
The 24-year-old is regarded as one of Leverkusen’s top defenders under manager Xabi Alonso and has been dubbed “fundamental” for his nation at the international level by the media.