Alan Hutton has said that Ange Postecoglou is more than capable of ending Tottenham’s trophy drought if he is backed in the January transfer window.
The absence of James Maddison severely blunted Spurs in the final third at Molineux, and Hutton admitted that he is unsure if Giovani Lo Celso could fill the creative void left by the England international’s absence.
The former Tottenham right-back told Football.London: “It’s going to be very difficult to fill the void Maddison leaves. I think [Rodrigo] Bentancur will have to step up, a lot of the Tottenham fans are happy that he’s back. But for me, I think the likes of [Giovani] Lo Celso, can he do it? I’m not sure. I think he’s had enough opportunities.
“He’s needed at this moment in time, but I don’t think he’ll ever be your go-to guy. Ange isn’t going to turn it around overnight, he’s going to need a couple of transfer windows to try and get it right and improve squad depth and I believe in him.”
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Hutton was part of the last Tottenham side that tasted silverware back in 2008, and he believes that Postecoglou is making the fundamental changes necessary to get the North London club competing for honours.
The Scotsman spoke in glowing terms about the impact that the Aussie coach has had at the Premier League side and implored the Spurs hierarchy to back him in the transfer market.
Hutton added: “I think Ange Postecoglou has been a breath of fresh air. He was at Celtic, he was a winner there and he’ll want to do the same thing at Spurs.
“I think that’s the remit for Tottenham moving forward. I don’t think they thought it would be such a quick turnaround, but the style of play is exactly what the fans want to see.
“The injuries haven’t been great, back-to-back defeats. He’s going to go through a little bit of a difficult time. I think the international break came at a good time for Tottenham, but I do think they can win something this year.
“I think it’s going to be difficult to challenge for the league. The big thing for me is what they do in the January transfer window. If Ange gets funds to go and reinvest and they recruit well, I think we will be talking about them winning something.
“I think the culture of the club has changed, it’s now more like if you score two, we’ll score three. We’ve got talented players at the moment who can go and make something happen. I think they’ve gone through too many seasons now where it was very defensive-minded.
“Ange wants to win the ball back within the first five seconds and really put the team under pressure. I think the players have really bought into that and that’s why we’re seeing some great performances.”
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It was always going to take a few transfer windows for Postecoglou to build the kind of squad he wants. The Aussie coach would have won the trust of Levy and the Spurs hierarchy with the way he has started, and I fully expect him to be backed in January.
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