Lionel Messi is a “good judge,” according to Ange Postecoglou, who also said that Cristian Romero, a star for Tottenham, is the best defender in the world.
The Argentine striker showered the Spurs center-back with accolades during the world champions’ victory over Ecuador in a CONMEBOL 2026 World Cup qualifying match last month, during which Messi struck one of his signature free kicks.
Romero participated in all seven games of La Albiceleste’s triumphant World Cup campaign in Qatar last winter, serving as a vital member of the winning squad.
Messi praised his countryman for being “the best defender in the world right now” for his accomplishments on the international stage, and the 25-year-old is still a key player for the team under Postecoglou.
In the Saturday victory over Luton, he performed admirably under trying circumstances, receiving commendation from colleagues Micky van de Ven and Destiny Udogie following the match.
In response to a direct question concerning Messi’s remarks, Postecoglou said, “He’s a good judge.”
Regarding the former Atalanta defender in a broader sense, the Spurs manager stated: “I believe Cuti gives Van van Ven and Udogie a sense of belonging.” He is by their sides, and you can see how much more at ease they are.
“You should absolutely have him on your squad. Indeed, he exudes a certain physicality, but he also plays effectively.
“His passing range, ability to really position himself well, to stay calm and then just ridiculous bravery to always put his body in there. He’s just an outstanding defender.”
Potential return date: November 2023
Brennan Johnson has been sidelined for the past few weeks due to a hamstring injury sustained during last month’s north London derby.
Postecoglou is optimistic that the forward can return to action quickly following the break, despite the fact that he missed the trip to Luton on Saturday and will not be playing for Wales on international duty.
Prior to the Spurs match against Luton, the manager expressed optimism that Brendan Johnson would have time to recover over the international break. “Brennan Johnson is close, but he’s not quite 100%,” he stated.
Potential return date: Monday October 23 2023 vs Fulham
Tottenham confirmed last week that Manor Solomon has undergone surgery on his right knee after suffering a meniscus injury in training.
No exact timeframe has been given for his return, but the forward is expected to miss at least a couple of months and so is unlikely to play a major role for the club before the end of the year.
Potential return date: December 2023
Ivan Perisic had “suffered a complex Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in his right knee,” according to a statement released by the team last month.
Given that his Spurs contract expires in the summer, it is likely that the 34-year-old will miss the remainder of the season and that this will be his last game with the team.
Possible time of return: summer 2024
Ryan Sessegnon has not played since February, much like Bentancur.
The left-back underwent hamstring surgery during the summer and has not yet returned, however he has begun light exercise to aid with his recuperation.
That is still up to him, though, and a return to first-team practise is not expected anytime soon.
Possible date of return: November 2023