Ange Postecoglou faces some crucial decisions as he assembles his squad for the upcoming clash against Fulham. While the interim period may have offered respite, the absence of a game has provided ample time for contemplation and strategic alterations. In particular, one key alteration is already set in stone, with Yves Bissouma’s suspension necessitating a change in the lineup.
Bissouma’s recent red card against Luton Town, which occurred just prior to the international break, has left him sidelined for the impending battle against Marco Silva’s Fulham. Postecoglou, in a move that hardly surprised observers, formally confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is the ideal candidate to step into Bissouma’s shoes for this critical fixture.
In a tweet by reputable sports journalist Dan Kilpatrick, the Tottenham manager described Højbjerg as a “readymade replacement” and the “logical one to come in” as a substitute for Bissouma. This succinctly captures the astuteness of Postecoglou’s decision, highlighting the Danish midfielder’s suitability for the role.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, aged 28, has had a somewhat peripheral role in Tottenham’s setup since Postecoglou’s arrival earlier in the summer. Thus far, he has yet to secure a starting position in a Premier League match under the new managerial regime, with his only stint in the opening lineup occurring during a Carabao Cup encounter, which coincidentally was against the same opponents, Fulham.
Højbjerg, a Danish international, showcased his abilities and adaptability when he entered the fray during halftime in the victory over Luton Town, capitalizing on Bissouma’s untimely ejection. The forthcoming Monday fixture against Fulham presents a golden opportunity for the former Southampton player to demonstrate his worth and versatility within the team, as he steps up to fulfill a critical role that Postecoglou has entrusted him with.