Tottenham's dream subs bench as Ange Postecoglou targets Archie Gray transfer and further deals

Archie Gray could become Tottenham's latest recruit ahead of the 2024/25 season
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Ange Postecoglou will head into the 2024/25 campaign dreaming of having a fully-fit Tottenham squad available to him after the problems he encountered time and time again last season. Injuries and suspensions really hit Spurs hard throughout the year and that in turn limited the Australian's options in matches.

In December's 3-3 draw against Man City, Postecoglou was so short on numbers that his back four comprised of four full-backs and his nine-man bench included two goalkeepers and three of the club's talented academy players. In order for Tottenham to really push on next season, the 58-year-old needs his team to somehow try and avoid the inevitable injuries and suspensions that always hit teams at various points over the league campaign.

Key for Tottenham in the transfer market this summer is to add even more quality to the squad, thus in turn giving Postecoglou plenty of choice when it comes to both his starting XI and substitutes' bench. Already adding Lucas Bergvall and Timo Werner to his plans for next term, the Australian may have Leeds United ace Archie Gray at his disposal after the club opened talks with the West Yorkshire outfit over a move for the talented 18-year-old.

Much more still has to be done in the transfer market by the club, including the addition of a new striker and ideally a new No.6. So what exactly could Postecoglou's Tottenham bench look like come their first Premier League game of the season against Leicester City on Monday, August 19? takes a look below.

Tottenham's substitute goalkeeper will be Fraser Forster unless Postecoglou and his team decide that Brandon Austin is now Guglielmo Vicario's deputy after finishing last season as No.2 in the ex-Celtic shot-stopper's absence. However, Forster has a wealth of experience under his belt in comparison to Austin who has yet to make a competitive appearance in a senior game for the club.

Postecoglou did tend to select three defenders on his bench last season, with a right-back, left-back and centre-back all on there. If indeed Gray does sign on the dotted line in north London, the teenager can provide cover for Pedro Porro at right-back and also the team's midfielders.

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Radu Dragusin should feature a lot more next season due to Tottenham's hectic schedule following their return to Europe but it's hard to see him starting come the first game with Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven ahead of him. Ben Davies can then provide cover at left-back and also the heart of defence if required.

If Spurs are to get a deal over the line for a top-class No.6, Yves Bissouma may be relegated to the bench for the time being at least. Pape Matar Sarr may also join him as a substitute if Rodrigo Bentancur can get back the levels he showed before his ACL injury after struggling for consistent form upon his return from injury last October.

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There will then be three slots available to Tottenham's attackers on the bench. Either Brennan Johnson or Dejan Kulusevski will be one of the trio, with Werner also likely to be a substitute as Son Heung-min is ahead of him in the pecking order when it comes to the left flank. All Tottenham fans are hoping that a proven goalscorer arrives at the club this summer as they look to find Harry Kane's long-term successor, meaning it could be Richarlison that has to settle for a place on the bench unless he makes himself an undroppable with a very strong pre-season.

Bergvall will then be hopeful of coming into Postecoglou's thinking for the Leicester game but one of the aforementioned midfielders or attackers would have to miss it in that case. The teenager may have to be patient for now as it will likely take him time to adapt to life in a new country as well as the pace and intensity of playing in England.

Potential Tottenham substitutes' bench vs Leicester: Forster, Gray, Dragusin, Davies, Bissouma, Sarr, Kulusevski, Werner, Richarlison.