Ange Postecoglou has been slammed by beIN SPORTS presenter Richard Keys despite making a superb start to life as the new manager of Tottenham.
The north London club sit second in the Premier League table behind champions Manchester City heading into the international break after winning three of their opening four league games.
Their latest performance was a 5-2 rout of Burnley at Turf Moor that had fans and pundits alike purring.
It was all doom and gloom on the eve of the new campaign after talisman Harry Kane was sold to Bayern Munich, with many fearing that Postecoglou and Tottenham were doomed to failure.
But despite the impressive league displays, with Spurs playing a fluid attacking brand of football, Keys feels Postecoglou made a major error by changing his side so drastically for the Carabao Cup exit to Fulham.
Tottenham crashed out on penalties at Craven Cottage after Postecoglou opted to rotate his squad for the second-round clash.
And it’s fair to say that the former Sky Sports presenter is not a fan of that approach in general.
Indeed, Keys, writing in his blog via football.london, said: “Spurs purred at Burnley. How Postecoglu must be regretting sending a reserve team out to play against Fulham in the League Cup.
“When you’ve had so many barren years without a trophy it’s a scandal to toss off a chance to win one.
“So few PL teams take the competition seriously and we know why, but it’s almost a gimme if you do.”
Postecoglou gamble a big call
It was a strange decision by Postecoglou to make so many changes to his side, especially with no European football for the club this season.
Indeed, there is a feeling that the club were potentially using the game to showcase some of the fringe players in their squad ahead of the transfer window closing.
That was certainly the case for Davinson Sanchez who, despite having a poor game and missing the only penalty on the shootout defeat, secured himself a permanent move to Galatasaray on Monday.
Young forward Dane Scarlett also earned a loan switch to Fulham off the back of his 45 minutes in west London, although he did sign a new deal with Tottenham before heading to Portman Road.
Spurs are back in action on September 16 when they welcome Sheffield United to north London in the Premier League.
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