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Postecoglou says he has noticed big change with one Spurs star in training

Ange Postecoglou has revealed that Richarlison is moving a lot more freely in training since fixing the groin issue that had been bothering him.

Sunday was Richarlison’s first start following undergoing pelvic surgery last month. Postecoglou decided to start him from the left, with Son Heung-min beginning at number nine.

The decision raised a few eyebrows but it turned out to be a masterstroke as the Brazilian led the line impressively and netted a brace.

Due to injuries and poor form, the 26-year-old’s 18 months at Tottenham have been incredibly disappointing thus far. The attacker has struggled to maintain consistency.

Although the striker has faced several obstacles in the last year, Postecoglou said that he still has faith in the abilities of the former Everton player.

“Hopefully, there’s a lot more to come,” the Tottenham head coach said to Football.London. “That’s the platform we’ve given him.” See, football players constantly have obstacles.

“He came here, he’d had a fantastic impact in the Premier League with Everton, he came here and whenever significant money is invested, the expectations rise, you are going to a club where you are competing for honours

and entering a large club presents you with a number of obstacles of such nature.

“That, along with the physical difficulties he’d had, is up to him now. As a striker, goals and all those kinds of metrics are typically the only things people use to judge you.

We’re attempting to provide him with that foundation right now, as I mentioned, and he shown last week that he is a legitimate danger at this level both with and without the ball. He will have plenty of opportunities here, and it is up to him to seize them in order to further his football career to the degree we think he is capable of.

Richarlison in traning

Richarlison is impressing Postecoglou in training

Richarlison acknowledged that he had been dealing with a groin problem since the previous season after Spurs defeated Newcastle 4-1. He said the discomfort was so bad that he was reluctant to attempt shots during the pregame warm-up (Daily Mail).

Over the past several weeks, Postecoglou claimed to have noticed a significant change in the Brazil international’s mobility in training.

“He looks a lot freer in training from when I first arrived,” the 58-year-old continued. When I initially arrived, everything was a little difficult for him.

He seemed to be laboring through things and wasn’t able to play or move as effortlessly as he would have liked. You could tell that he was still having an impact on games, and it was becoming worse.

“However, since his return, he feels more like himself in terms of his physical capabilities when you see him at training and even before the game on the weekend. That’s significant for a football player since, in general, players are always facing challenges. There’s a little ache all the time.

“But if it’s something that’s really debilitating that they don’t deal with straight away and have to carry on with, it has an impact on them physically but also mentally. They know that every game they go into, every training

session, it will not be easy. On the other hand, take it out of it, and they may play freely.

I believe you witnessed that over the weekend. Not only his objectives, but also his overall work-rate. He won the ball back for us, which led to at least two of our goals. The fact that he can accomplish those things boosts his confidence.

Hopefully, Richarlison can now resume putting on the sort of performances that we seen him consistently put on at Everton. Given that Son may miss more than a month of football due to the Asian Cup, it would be very appropriate if the 26-year-old could go on a hot streak in front of goal in the upcoming months.

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