Darren Anderton has “loved” Tottenham’s start to the season under Ange Postecoglou, particularly praising the “entertaining” style of play.
Spurs and Postecoglou have received widespread plaudits for their start to the season, with a more attacking mindset well received as the team looks to move on from Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich prior to this campaign.
Tottenham sit fifth in the Premier League with 26 points from their 13 matches, and Anderton is excited about how Postecoglou’s tenure has started since joining from Celtic in June, comparing it to Ossie Ardiles’ time as Spurs head coach between 1993 and 1994.
“I have loved it,” Anderton told Stats Perform. “I have really enjoyed the transformation that’s going on. As a Spurs fan and an ex-Spurs player, to watch them has been a breath of fresh air.
“It’s been a joy to watch them this year. I’d have to say over the last couple of years I would not be rushing to turn the TV on at some points. But I think that the style of football is so entertaining. Spurs fans want to see that. And if you can do that and be successful as well, then it’s great.
“I feel we’re always going to create opportunities with the style of football and the quality of the players.
“I obviously remember from my time and how we used to attack under Ossie [Ardiles]. I feel like there’s that excitement here but with that little bit more emphasis on obviously being difficult to beat as well when it needs to be done.
“Whereas Ozzy, when we asked him what we do when we lose the ball and what shape, he said, ‘Hey, you’re good players, you should never lose the ball’. So this is exciting, but I think with a stronger squad and with better defensive players.”
Spurs were leading the Premier League heading into November, but three losses on the spin have seen them lose touch on the summit, currently four points and four places behind leaders and bitter rivals Arsenal.
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Anderton feels Spurs have been unlucky across those defeats, saying: “Yes, in the last three games they’ve got beat.
“But I thought the Wolves game, they didn’t play particularly well, but probably still should have won the game. I think in the Chelsea game, if Son’s goal had been allowed to stand and we went 2-1 up, I think we might have gone on and won four or five.
“And then the Villa game, I think the Villa game is just a good game. I think, obviously, there are some VAR decisions that probably didn’t go our way, but that’s just sometimes in football how things go.”
Injuries and suspensions have been a huge factor in Spurs dropping off after their initial red-hot start, with James Maddison and Micky van de Ven both in the physio room, while Cristian Romero has been missing with a ban after a straight red card against Chelsea.
Anderton believes injuries could derail Spurs’ season, explaining: “Obviously, it’s going to be difficult to sustain it with the injuries that they’ve got.
“They’re just going through a little bit of a spell. James Maddison started so well. He’s going to be a huge miss. I don’t think the team has had a player like that since Christian Eriksen. The way that he gets the team to play and the way to still keeps playing on the front foot is refreshing to see.
“Unfortunately, I think that Romero and Van de Ven being out at the moment has left us a little bit thin at the back and teams have been able to take advantage of that.”
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