Ange Postecoglou's seven Tottenham undroppables in 2023/24 plans and the four spots up for grabs


As far as first impressions go, Ange Postecoglou ranks incredibly highly after making a huge impact in Tottenham's first five games of the season. Earning a point on the opening day at Brentford, the Australian has since masterminded three straight wins in the Premier League after getting the better of Manchester United, Bournemouth and Burnley.

Playing a brand of attacking football that is incredibly easy on the eye and earning plenty of plaudits in the process, Tottenham fans are desperate to see more of their team in action. They won't have to wait too much longer, though, with the Lilywhites returning to the pitch on Saturday at home to Sheffield United.

Clearly having an idea of his strongest Tottenham XI at present, just how many spots are up for grabs in Postecoglou's Spurs team? takes a look below.

Postecoglou's undroppables

Guglielmo Vicario

The summer signing is the club's undisputed No.1 after taking over from Hugo Lloris between the sticks. Looking comfortable with the ball at his feet, the Italian has also produced some heroics with stunning saves in the wins over Man Utd and Burnley.

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Cristian Romero

Now one of Tottenham's two vice-captains, the World Cup winner has taken his game to another level under Postecoglou. One of the first names on the teamsheet.

Micky van de Ven

Van de Ven already looks at home in the Premier League after only five appearances. Excellent on the ball and having bags of pace in the locker, the Dutchman has a big role to play for Spurs going forward and he's already developing a very good understanding with Romero.

Destiny Udogie

Tottenham have an absolute star on their hands in Udogie. One of their players of the season so far, the left-back looks destined to have a huge future in the game if he continues to progress at his current rate.

Yves Bissouma

It's hard to believe that Bissouma couldn't get a game under Antonio Conte 12 months ago going on his performances so far this season. A key cog in Postecoglou's team and looking more like the player that wowed at Brighton & Hove Albion week in, week out.

James Maddison

One of the signings of the season. Maddison has made a huge impact in his first five games for Tottenham and looks set to be integral to the team's hopes over the course of the campaign.

He's just made for Postecoglou's system and is clearly enjoying his added responsibility at Spurs after the head coach named him as one of the vice-captains on the eve of the season.

Son Heung-min

Now Tottenham captain, Son's season sparked into life at Burnley last time out as he netted a hat-trick. Whether he starts on the left wing or through the middle, he's an automatic starter for the Lilywhites.

The positions up for grabs


Amid concerns over Pedro Porro operating as a right-back having previously always played slightly further forward at wing-back, the Spaniard has looked right at home in the position so far. Despite playing a tad further back, the January addition is still having an impact in the final third with his run forwards and also by contributing assists.

Carry on like this and the right-back position will be his own. It almost is but he's maybe not quite there just yet.

One of the two No.8 roles

Getting a glimpse of what he can offer last season, Pape Matar Sarr has wowed in his game time this term. Outstanding in the win over Manchester United and deservedly getting a goal to his name, the Senegal ace looks like he is going to be a huge player for the Lilywhites over the coming years.

He doesn't have the position set in stone just yet, though, especially with Rodrigo Bentancur working his way back to fitness and viewed as the long-term option to play alongside Maddison. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also made his case for the role over the international break with two goals and it's a position where we could still see a bit of change.


Previously an undroppable under Conte, Kulusevski is no longer guaranteed his place following the appointment of Postecoglou. The arrival of Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest has left him in a real fight for the right-wing role but it could potentially now bring out the very best in him.


Amid the question marks over Son's exact position in the team after starting the season on the left but going on to net a hat-trick when played centrally, there is one more place up for grabs in Postecoglou's Tottenham attack. If he is to maintain his place in the team through the middle, the left wing position is there for the taking.

However, if he is to move back across to his usual position on the left, the central role is available unless Richarlison gets on a scoring run and manages to nail it down.

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