Tottenham Hotspur head coach Ange Postecoglou has alleviated any fears about Destiny Udogie’s fitness following the 2-0 win at Bournemouth.
The Italian went to ground late in the second half without any contact from an opposition player when he played a pass back to goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario and looked to be in some discomfort on the turf.
After receiving medical attention, the 20-year-old got back to his feet and made his way to the away bench after Postecoglou decided against any risk and replaced him with Ben Davies.
No injury for Destiny Udogie at Bournemouth
Udogie once again caught the eye with his performance and played a key role in Tottenham’s second goal of the game when he managed to latch onto Heung-min Son’s reverse pass to cut the ball back to Dejan Kulusevski to find the bottom corner of the net.
Postecoglou told Football.London: “I think he just kicked the ground from what I understand. He didn’t want to come off but at that stage the way the rules are at the moment they go off for 30 seconds and I thought it was better putting Benny [Davies] on and keeping the tempo up in the game for us. Just speaking to him now he’s fine.”
James Maddison had put Tottenham ahead in the first half with a neat finish with the victory coming as Postecoglou’s first away win on the road in the English top light.
When Udogie went down in a heap, many fans would have been left fearing that the Italian Under-21 international had suffered a serious injury. He has started the season in impressive fashion, with his playing style suiting the inverted full-back role that Postecoglou likes to adopt.
At just 20, he has a remarkable future ahead of him and credit must be paid to Fabio Paraciti for unearthing a top talent.
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