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The four places available in Ange Postecoglou's best Tottenham XI ahead of summer transfer moves

Ange Postecoglou only has a few places up for grabs in his best Tottenham XI
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Much will be expected of Tottenham Hotspur in the transfer market this summer as they look to achieve Ange Postecoglou's lofty ambitions for the football club. The Australian has made no secret of his intention for Spurs to be competing at the top and challenging the likes of Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool for the Premier League title.

The north London club fared well over the course of the 2023/24 season and secured a return to Europe after finishing fifth in the final standings. However, many supporters felt that the club could have finished higher considering they finished two points behind Aston Villa in the final Champions League place and the fact that they dropped points when they maybe should have collected all three at various times over the course of the campaign.

The Tottenham squad will have only benefitted from their first year working under Postecoglou and that will hopefully bode well going into the new term. The Lilywhites should be much stronger from August onwards as the head coach and Johan Lange look to bring in some fresh faces in the transfer market to help the team hit the next level.

But how many places are up for grabs in the starting XI when it comes to Postecoglou naming his best Tottenham team? football.london takes a look below.

Goalkeeper

It's a very simple choice when it comes to who starts between the sticks. Guglielmo Vicario is undoubtedly Tottenham's No.1 and he will be looking to impress again after an excellent first season in N17.

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Defence

Postecoglou's defence picks itself despite the January arrival of Radu Dragusin. For now, Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven and Destiny Udogie are the head coach's back four of choice.

All four players were excellent throughout the 2023/24 season and they could perhaps get even better with Porro, Van de Ven and Udogie all now having a full season of Premier League football under their belts. As good as the quartet were, Tottenham did ship 61 league goals in total and that is something they need to improve on going into next campaign.

The addition of Europa League football to Spurs' season will mean that Postecoglou will have to rotate his backline now and then, thus potentially handing Dragusin an opportunity to come in and get some regular football. It is going to be very hard for the Romanian to try and split up Romero and Van de Ven's excellent partnership but he has all the necessary qualities to be a big hit in the Premier League.

Midfield

Tottenham's midfield was their biggest strength in the opening months of the season as Pape Matar Sarr, Yves Bissouma and James Maddison excelled alongside one another. However, it soon turned into their biggest weakness in the remaining months as the trio struggled for form and Postecoglou constantly chopped and changed in his quest to find his best combination.

Rodrigo Bentancur found himself in and out of the team in 2023/24 after returning from injury but the hope is that he will be back to his best from August onwards and be starting games week in, week out. Due to the current options available to Postecoglou and the need for Tottenham to sign a new No.6 in the summer transfer window, it is perhaps only Maddison who is guaranteed a starting spot as things stand at present.

It is not clear yet who will be starting in the other two midfield positions as Postecoglou could quite easily select a different combination out of Bentancur, Bissouma and Sarr. Throw another midfielder into the equation and his selection process could become even trickier.

Attack

Postecoglou will have Timo Werner as an attacking option once again next season after the German penned a new one-year loan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A couple of new attacking arrivals are required in N17 before the Premier League kicks off in August, with another winger and a new striker required to improve the front three.

In terms of the right-wing, it looks to be a battle between Dejan Kulusevski and Brennan Johnson for a starting spot at present, However, that could all change if Spurs bring in a new winger who can play from the right side.

On the opposite flank, Son Heung-min will be guaranteed a start providing he is not utilised in a central role as was the case in the final few months of last season. The South Korean, who will have Werner as competition, is integral to Tottenham's plans and that can be seen by the amount of goals and assists he provides.

Tottenham did look much better when Richarlison was up front and leading the line. There is no guarantee he will be a regular in the side next season, though, as the Lilywhites do need to bring in someone who can score upwards of 20 goals a season and also be Harry Kane's long-term successor.

At present, it is perhaps only Son out of Spurs' attacking players who looks to have a position in the front three sewn up.

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