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“He is going to make many more”- Ange Postecoglou backs Spurs player after error in Tottenham vs Newcastle clash

Van de Ven horror show caps Tottenham humiliation at St. James’ Park

Micky Van de Ven had a disastrous display at St. James Park as Newcastle United scored four past Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League yesterday. It was the most humiliation that Spurs have received since Ange Postecoglou took charge of the club.

This is the second consecutive time that the Magpies have humiliated Spurs in their territory. Some lessons clearly have not been learned.

A first half to forget for Micky Van de Ven… 😬

30’ Slips, allowing Newcastle to make it 1-0
33’ Slips again, letting Newcastle to make it 2-0

— CentreGoals. (@centregoals) April 13, 2024

All of Alexander Isak, Harvey Barnes, and Anthony Gordon were excellent. The latter stood out the most with his feather touches and dribbles that troubled Spurs’ defense. He created the first after forcing Udogie to give up the ball before calmly and precisely picking out Isak’s run and scoring the second a few moments later. Initially, he correctly predicted that Porro would do something foolish, and then he sent Micky van de Ven for hotdogs for the second time in three minutes.

Postecoglou defends Van de Ven

Tottenham's coup of Micky van de Ven

Van de Ven has been exceptional since singing for Tottenham last summer, but yesterday’s display showed that he is mortal as well. There are still levels to develop in his rawness before Spurs can enjoy him at his best.

These mistakes would help the Dutchman develop and learn, and that is what Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou admitted after the game when he was quizzed about Micky Van de Ven’s fallacy.

Following the match, the Lilywhites’ manager told TNT Sports (via the BBC):

“I believe that for each of them, making mistakes is a necessary part of being a top football player. He will undoubtedly make a great deal more of them in the future. It all depends on how you respond to those errors. I believe there is a good deal for all of us to take away from today.

It’s understandable if Micky made a few blunders; now is his chance to improve and make sure similar performances don’t occur again. Undoubtedly, Tottenham lost the game badly, but they will have a lot to learn from it.


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