Who impressed Postecoglou, Levy transfer announcement – 5 things seen in Tottenham vs West Ham

Postecoglou’s first Tottenham XI and the missing players

Ange Postecoglou went pretty strong with his starting XI for his first match as Tottenham boss against West Ham in Australia. Usually a time when head coaches mix and match due to varying fitness levels in the squad, the 57-year-old named first-team players such as Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane in his squad.

Postecoglou then handed debuts to new signings Guglielmo Vicario, James Maddison and Manor Solomon, giving Spurs fans a glimpse of what could potentially come later in the season given how strong his side were. Taking a total of 31 players on their summer tour, some players were always going to be absent from the playing squad with 14 places allocated to the substitutes.

Those who missed out entirely were Josh Keeley, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon, Djed Spence, Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-min and Dane Scarlett. Perhaps not the biggest surprise to see Dier, Spence and Son left out as the trio return from injury from the end of last season. Ndombele, who some fans believe could play a big role under the new boss, appeared to take a knock in training on Monday night and that may have played a part in his absence.

Salomon impact

Brought to Tottenham to help the club return to their former style of play, Postecoglou’s Spurs side made a bright start to proceedings in Perth. The Lilywhites took the game to their opponents and had two good chances on goal inside the first ten minutes to take the lead.

The first came through Oliver Skipp after Sergio Reguilon had chipped the ball to Solomon, who in turn slotted the midfielder in only for Lukasz Fabianski to deny him from close range. The West Ham goalkeeper was then called into action minutes later, this time saving from Dejan Kulusevski.

Solomon, who linked up well with Reguilon, was again at the heart of the action for Spurs as he was the main architect after playing for the Swede. The new signing showed glimpses of his quality in his year with Fulham and was unlucky not to score a goal on his Tottenham debut just before half-time after cutting in from the left and seeing a curling effort beaten into the corner by Fabianski before he even looked an attempt saved after Reguilon ate him up.

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