Tottenham star’s agent hits out at Ange Postecoglou’s tactics and hints at move | Football

The Spurs boss has been criticised over his side’s defending on set pieces (Picture: Getty)

The agent of Tottenham defender Radu Dragusin has blasted Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou and warned his client may have to leave the north London club after just six months.

Tottenham signed the centre-half from Genoa during the January transfer window, seeing off interest from Bayern Munich and Napoli to bring him to the capital in a deal worth £25million including add-ons.

Dragusin however has started just two matches for Spurs since joining the club, firmly behind Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven in the pecking order.

The Romania international has not featured since the 2-1 win over Luton at the end of March with Tottenham’s defensive frailties coming under the microscope in recent weeks.

The club have suffered three straight defeats to Newcastle United, Arsenal and Chelsea, dealing a major blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, with their problems defending set pieces exposed in each of those games.

Dragusin was ever-present in the Genoa starting XI prior to his January move playing as part of a back three.

Postecoglou has been steadfast in defending his tactical approach, insisting he is ‘not interested’ in focusing on improving his side in set piece situations as a priority.

Tottenham defender Radu Dragusin

Dragusin joined Spurs from Genoa in January (Picture: Getty)

Dragusin’s agent Florin Manea has now openly criticised the Australian manager, suggesting his client his currently being misused in north London.

‘The coach said many times he does not want to play with a three-man defence, evidently he knows best, but Tottenham concede a ton of goals. Playing with three gives more security,’ Manea told Radio CRC.

‘I also think Tottenham concede a lot of goals from set plays, so Dragusin would be very helpful due to his power in the air, he used to get all the headers at Genoa.’

Manea suggested Dragusin may even consider a return to Italy should he not receive assurances over his place in the team.

‘If he doesn’t play, then we have to think about other solutions, but he only arrived in January, so that seems unlikely right now.

‘If Bayern and Tottenham hadn’t been there, he would’ve chosen Napoli. If they were to offer a loan, especially if Antonio Conte was the coach, then we could evaluate that.

‘I can say that if Postecoglu told Dragusin that he is only considered an alternative to the other centre-backs, then he would not stay just to sit on the bench.’


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