Ange Postecoglou has already been proven right on a number of Tottenham points with one comment particular looking a masterstroke. The Australian is known for his full-throttle attacking style of play and that has certainly been implemented thus far at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Discussions surrounding wing-backs and full-backs has been frequent over the past few seasons with Antonio Conte stubborn in his tactical ways to always play a back five. This often required Ivan Perisic to play from the left with either Pedro Porro or Emerson Royal on the opposite flank.
Over time, Emerson significantly improved as a defender, but he still left a lot to be desired going forward, while as for Porro, it was the other way round. After arriving in January, the Spain international proved to be so attacking that interim boss Ryan Mason played him at right wing in the final weeks of the 2022/23 campaign.
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With Perisic looking likely to leave and the battle on the right-hand side continuing, how Postecoglou was going to use his full-backs was of interest to many. In pre-season, Destiny Udogie proved he could compete for the role on the left, while Emerson shared duties with Porro, leading to some interesting foreshadowing from Postecoglou.
“I don’t see why not," he said in July when asked if Porro and Udogie, as two very attacking full-backs could play together. «I wouldn’t read too much into the current line-ups I’m putting out and where people are playing but if you’re asking will they be full-backs, I would love them to play full-back. That’s the profile we’reRead on football.london