Ange Postecoglou has shed light on the potential inclusion of promising youngster Alfie Dorrington in the first team.
Despite a recent string of four winless games, the Spurs enter the match against London rivals West Ham with a sense of optimism following their hard-fought draw against Manchester City over the weekend.
The squad faced significant challenges due to a wave of injuries and suspensions, notably the absence of Micky van de Ven due to injury and Cristian Romero serving a three-game suspension. This forced Postecoglou to make adjustments, with Emerson Royal, Ben Davies, and Eric Dier stepping in at center-back in recent weeks. The return of Romero for the West Ham game is seen as a crucial boost for Spurs.
Amidst these challenges, 18-year-old Alfie Dorrington has caught the attention of fans as he found himself on the first-team bench in recent matches. There is widespread hope among supporters that the young star will soon make his mark on the pitch.
Addressing the media, Postecoglou discussed the situation surrounding Dorrington and hinted at the possibility of him making his first-team debut in the near future. He stated, “He’s been in the squad the last three to four weeks, so we’ve had plenty of time to look at him. Him and Jamie, who got on last week, have been part of the first-team squad.”
Despite the ongoing injury concerns, Postecoglou expressed confidence in Dorrington’s abilities and suggested that the young talent might seize his opportunity in the coming weeks. He added, “We’ve still got a lot of injuries but we’ve got a lot of games ahead, so [Alfie] could get his chance in the weeks ahead.”