Spurs supporters were concerned about the team’s ability to function without Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero from the beginning of the season.
The Lilywhites now face the difficult challenge of having to play without both the Dutchman and the Argentine at the same time, as the latter sustained a hamstring injury that is anticipated to keep him out of action until at least January, and the former was sent off against Chelsea…
Eric Dier is set to start his first Premier League match this season
Though he acknowledged that Dier’s 29 years of experience will be vital in the upcoming weeks, Postecoglou maintained that he has complete faith in the man.
Eric has been a member of this football team for a very long time, the Tottenham head coach said to Football.London. He’s another one who has worked hard in the gym every day. He hasn’t had many opportunities, but that’s because our back four has been largely set, so we haven’t felt the need to insert him.
“He’s consistently prepared to be called upon. Here he gets his chance. The other night, I thought he did a good job. It was a challenging game to start. He has ten men when he first enters the field and nine men when he plays. As a defender, you are aware that there will be difficulties there.
“I felt he did a great job handling it. His background will be valuable to us, especially since Romero will be out for three games and Micky won’t be playing. His background will be valuable to us.
Dier’s center-half partner against Wolves is still up in the air; Postecoglou can choose between the seasoned Ben Davies, the up-and-coming 18-year-old Ashley Phillips, or Emerson Royal.
“Ash is part of the first team,” the Australian said in response to a question about Phillips’ readiness to play. He works out each day. He is open to being chosen. It will be up to him if he is given the chance. I will not create goods for individuals. They work for everything they acquire.
“If they are chosen, I believe it’s because I believe they can contribute to our victory. They must continue to put in a lot of effort and wait for their chance if they are not chosen.
Emerson Royal will most likely play at left back, and Ange will likely start with Dier and Davies in a center-back tandem. Given the pace of Wolves’ forward line, it will be interesting to see if the Australian makes a small tactical adjustment by asking the backline to play a little deeper than usual.