Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou talks about Fraser Forster impressing in training
Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeping situation has been a topic of interest this season, with manager Ange Postecoglou keeping an eye on the performances of his three senior goalkeepers: Guglielmo Vicario, Fraser Forster, and Hugo Lloris. Despite not featuring in the Premier League so far, Forster has made a significant impression in training, challenging Vicario for the starting spot.
In a recent statement, Postecoglou expressed his admiration for Forster’s exceptional training performances, highlighting the competitive environment he has fostered among his goalkeepers. The Australian manager emphasised the importance of merit-based selection, indicating that the choice of goalkeeper would remain determined solely by their on-field performances. Here is what he said via Chris Cowlin’s YouTube channel:
“Fraser has been unbelievable, the way he’s been training and he was unlucky in the Fulham game. He had a good game there. That’s what I want and that’s what they want. They want to be pushed every day to be the best they can be.”
While Lloris is yet to feature for the Lilywhites under Ange, Vicario has sealed his spot as the first-choice keeper in the league. Fraser on the other hand, played against Fulham in the League Cup wherein the boys saw themselves knocked out on penalties.
Although Vicario has been the preferred choice to start, Forster’s consistent efforts in training have positioned him ahead of former club captain Hugo Lloris in the pecking order.
Forster for the Lilywhites
Postecoglou praised Vicario’s outstanding performances, affirming the Italian’s status as a strong contender for the number-one goalkeeper position. However, he also commended Forster’s impressive training performances and acknowledged his solid showing against Fulham in the Carabao Cup, despite the eventual penalty shootout defeat.
The manager’s statement reflects his desire for a competitive and driven squad, where each player strives to be the best they can be. Competition for starting positions is a vital component of a successful team, and Postecoglou’s approach aims to extract the maximum potential from his goalkeepers.
While the manager has played down the existence of a formal pecking order, it is evident that Forster’s consistent efforts have propelled him ahead of Lloris in the current hierarchy. Lloris, who expressed a desire for a new challenge during the summer transfer window, finds himself in a backup role at the moment.
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As the season progresses, the competition among Vicario, Forster, and Lloris will continue to drive each goalkeeper to reach their highest level of performance.