Here we take a look at how Ange Postecoglou’s dream Tottenham attack could line up come next season following his appointment as Spurs head coach
Tottenham should score goals for fun in the 2023/24 season if all at Spurs buy into Ange Postecoglou’s vision. Intent on returning to the brand of football they are known for, Daniel Levy pinpointed the Australian as the man to revitalise the team’s ailing fortunes.
Winning five out of a possible six trophies during his two years with Celtic, Postecoglou had the Bhoys playing some very impressive football that saw them run riot against their opponents. The hope is that he will be able to have a similar impact in north London and, in the process, end the club’s long run without a piece of silverware.Known for playing a very attacking 4-3-3 system, the Lilywhites will once again have three players leading the line but this time they will be joined by two of the midfielders in the final third as Postecoglou’s tactics allow them to offer support further forward. So what exactly could Postecoglou’s dream Tottenham attack look like next season? football.london takes a look below.
The main talking point at Tottenham heading into the new season is regarding Harry Kane’s future. Tottenham’s No.10 will soon enter the final 12 months of his contract and there has been plenty of speculation regarding a move to either one of Real Madrid or Manchester United.In an ideal world, Kane will pen a contract extension at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and commit himself to the club for years to come. However, it remains to be seen if things will pan out exactly like that.
Netting 30 league goals last season despite Tottenham’s attacking woes under Antonio Conte, the 29-year-old could potentially surpass that total next term if Postecoglou’s Spurs vision comes to fruition and they wow in the final third. Kane really could thrive playing under the Australian, who ideally needs to sit down with the England captain sooner rather later and outline his plan for him heading into the new campaign.
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All will be praying that Kane remains a Tottenham player next season as the club enter a brand new era. Signing a new contract would silence all the talk over his future for good.£30m transfer signed off
One deal Tottenham need to sign off this summer is a permanent transfer for Dejan Kulusevski. Initially joining on an 18-month loan deal from Juventus in January 2022, the Swede’s loan spell in north London will end very soon.
Amid recent talk in Italy of him returning to parent club Juventus, football.london understands the club fully expects to take up the option to sign him. Kulusevski’s deal would have automatically been made permanent for €35m (£30m) had they qualified for the Champions League once again, but Spurs, crucially, still retain an option to buy him for the same amount, which is payable over five years.
Although he didn’t enjoy the best of seasons in 2022/23 as his goals and assists dried up, it is still a no-brainer for Tottenham as they have some player on their hands. The appointment of Postecoglou could even take Kulusevski’s game to greater heights.
Lining up on the right flank in Tottenham’s strongest frontline, Son Heung-min will, as always, operate from the left again. Struggling for form at the beginning of last term before finding his form in the final few months, the South Korean ace will be intent on making a fast start under Postecoglou and hitting his best on a consistent basis.Gil’s future
It won’t be long at all until Bryan Gil makes his return to Hotspur Way following his loan spell with Sevilla. Joining his former club on loan for the second part of the campaign with Spurs minutes hard to come by, the winger ended his time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium by helping the Spanish side win the Europa League for a record seventh time.
Showing glimpses of what he can offer when given a run in the team by Conte at the beginning of the year, the Spain international just needs a chance to show why he was brought to Tottenham in the first place as otherwise he is never going to fully acclimatise to life in the Premier League. With Postecoglou’s Spurs side set to be very attacking and expansive, the appointment of the 57-year-old may potentially be the making of Gil in north London as the new man is someone who can develop players.
As they are going to need replacements for both Arnaut Danjuma and Lucas Moura, Tottenham may have their answer in Gil already at the club. Again, if opportunities are just not there for him, a January loan move could be in the offing.
Tottenham are going to need to bring in a new addition this summer in wake of Danjuma and Lucas’ exits to ensure that Postecoglou has enough options in attack. Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes is one player that has been tipped for a move to north London, although Spurs won’t have it all their own way if they are to move for the 25-year-old.
Aston Villa, Newcastle United and West Ham have all been linked with the left winger, who is valued at £27.5m by Transfermarkt. An exit from the King Power Stadium for Barnes looks a certainty as the Foxes will want to cash in on their top assets and the player himself will want to continue playing in the Premier League.
Contributing 45 goals and 32 assists, with 13 of his goals coming last season in the Premier League despite the team’s struggles, Barnes is someone who could be a real hit in Postecoglou’s attacking Spurs team. The fact he is homegrown is also another positive to signing him.