What Ange Postecoglou is already doing differently at Tottenham to help his chances next season

When Tottenham’s 31-man squad was named after their pre-season tour of Australia, Thailand and Singapore, it’s fair to say a few eyebrows were raised.

Most expected a number of Tottenham players to be left at Hotspur Way as they seek new clubs, a tradition that has long been the practice in previous summers as the north London club attempt to move on a host of players, they have not been able to change permanently in previous windows.

But this time, only club captain Hugo Lloris was “allowed not to travel to explore potential transfer options” following his publicly stated desire to look for a new challenge, with Ange Postecoglou having already secured his new number one in the form of Guglielmo Vicario.

In an unexpected move, the Australian took every other senior player fit enough to travel, regardless of whether they are expected to move on this summer. They were all there on Sunday morning at the WACA Ground in Perth and received a traditional welcome ahead of their first training session in the city. Only Rodrigo Bentancur (knee), Fraser Forster (back), Bryan Gil (back), Troy Parrott (groin) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) stayed at home to continue their injury rehabilitation.

To be fair to Postecoglou, he had made his intentions clear to soccer.london about the composition of his travel squad at his first press conference on Monday.

“For me, I really want to bring as many of the group as possible because it’s the best way to figure out how to set up our environment and sort the culture around the group if everyone is there,” he explained. “But if it’s going to be beneficial for some guys to stay back, we’ll make that decision. I don’t think too many will be in that boat at the moment.”

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The 57-year-old head coach was true to his word, and it was another marked difference in the way he has approached his work at the club, and also the confidence in his own methods and beliefs.

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