The absence of nine stars for Tottenham Hotspur versus West Ham is not Ange Postecoglou’s biggest concern.
However, there’s a reason for it, especially in light of recent events, and a big part of it has to do with the opposition West Ham has seen.
The fact that Tottenham Hotspur is missing nine stars is hardly the biggest issue facing Ange Postecoglou when facing West Ham.
Due to injuries, Spurs will be without Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Micky van de Ven, James Maddison, Ryan Sessegnon, Manor Solomon, and Alfie Malik Whiteman; midfielder Pape Sarr and Eric Dier are doubtful. Given the disparate performances and styles that West Ham and Tottenham have been putting on, many Hammers supporters are bracing themselves for the worst.
We need to play at the same level and with a similar mindset on Thursday night at Tottenham. Because of Postecoglou’s strategies, Spurs will be extremely exposed to West Ham’s counterattacking style of play. Of course, execution will be crucial.
The Tottenham injury situation has received a lot of attention prior to the game. Yes, Moyes is hoping that will work in his favor. Postecoglou will undoubtedly take the game to West Ham, and that won’t be his biggest worry because that’s exactly what the Hammers need, crave, and thrive on. Just ask Brighton and Chelsea, who were also thoroughly embarrassed by West Ham 3-1 when they played them.