Things are now starting to look a lot more promising for Ange Postecoglou when it comes to his Tottenham squad. Dealt a tough hand at various points this season with a handful of injuries leaving him with very few options in some areas of the pitch, a number of suspensions have also worked against the Australian and his Spurs team.
That was very much the case in November and December, with the 3-3 draw at Man City highlighting what exactly the 58-year-old has had to deal with at times. Not only having to select a makeshift defensive line of four full-backs, Postecoglou then had to name two goalkeepers and three youngsters on his bench to ensure that Tottenham had the allotted nine substitutes at the Etihad Stadium.
The fact they got a point in Manchester that evening just demonstrates the magic he and his players have had to produce. After receiving some much-needed boosts on the injury front in January, Postecoglou was handed another couple this week with Giovani Lo Celso returning to training after a month out and Yves Bissouma and Son Heung-min making their comebacks from their respective international commitments.
Revealing in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Brighton game that they would need to see how Lo Celso fared before making a decision on him regarding the squad, in the end there was to be no place for the Argentina international in the matchday 20. However, he should be back in Postecoglou's thinking for next Saturday's home encounter against Wolves following another week of training in the tank.
Whereas Lo Celso missed out against the Seagulls, Bissouma and Son were included in the squad but started proceedings on the bench. The pair were introduced in the 62nd minute with the score locked at 1-1Read on football.london