Ange Postecoglou, his Tottenham central defense problem and his big clue against player transfer exits

Ange Postecoglou early identified a new centre-back or two as one of his priority areas to improve his Tottenham squad, but the issue remains unresolved.

Spurs conceded 63 goals in the Premier League – only a few bottom clubs conceded more – so the need to prioritize a central defense pair was obvious. The new head coach made it clear last week that it was one of the areas he had quickly identified as needing reinforcements.

“Some of [the areas needing new players] I had identified early. I don’t think it’s any secret about some of the areas we had to strengthen. The goalkeeper was one and the central defense is another,” he said.

When asked if he wanted more options in central defense ahead of the first Premier League game at Brentford, Postecoglou made his wish quite clear.

“Yeah, I think that’s definitely our intention, absolutely. We’ve been working on it for a while and we’re definitely going to try to get it done as soon as possible,” he said.

“Working on it for a while” hung in the air, a familiar refrain heard from or thought by many a Tottenham Hotspur manager over the years.

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Spurs have signed three players so far this summer in goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, midfielder James Maddison and winger Manor Solomon, while they have also made the loans of Dejan Kulusevski and Pedro Porro permanent.

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