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“Like an alpha male”-Tottenham’s James Maddison gives an insight into Ange Postecoglou’s personality in the dressing room

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James Maddison gives an insight into the personality of Tottenham Hotspur coach Ange Postecoglou

Tottenham Hotspur’s summer signing James Maddison has been in the spotlight, not just for his remarkable form, but also for his recent comments about Spurs’ manager Ange Postecoglou.

The England midfielder has painted a vivid picture of the Australian tactician’s influence in the dressing room, describing him as an “alpha male” who has brought a new vibrancy to the team.

Maddison, a £40 million acquisition from Leicester City, has been flourishing under Postecoglou’s guidance, contributing significantly to Spurs’ attacking force with two goals and five assists in nine games so far this term.

James Maddison at Tottenham has been a revelation (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)
James Maddison at Tottenham has been a revelation (Photo by HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to James Maddison, Postecoglou’s authoritative and charismatic personality has been a catalyst for Tottenham’s impressive run, which sees them sitting at the pinnacle of the Premier League standings.

The manager’s persona, dubbed “infectious” by Maddison, has inspired a sense of belief and unity within the squad, creating a conducive environment for players to thrive and express themselves on the pitch.

Maddison detailed how Postecoglou’s words during their first interaction resonated with him, instilling a sense of excitement for the club’s new direction. The conversation, he recalls, left him convinced about the vision Postecoglou had for Tottenham, hinting at a promising era under the Australian’s stewardship

“He’s a really good motivational speaker. He has this way about him, when he talks to a group of players, he’s almost like an alpha male. When he’s talking, everyone’s listening. You can’t even blink”

James Maddison is in excellent form and has won over the Spurs faithful
James Maddison is in excellent form and has won over the Spurs faithful

The phrase “alpha male,” as used by Maddison, reflects Postecoglou’s ability to command respect and attention the moment he steps into the dressing room. His unique team talks have become something of a ritual, with every player tuned into every word that emanates from the gaffer.

Moreover, Postecoglou’s honest approach towards evaluating team performances and individual forms has been appreciated. Maddison mentions the increased scrutiny and praise he has received since joining Spurs.

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Postecoglou’s impact extends beyond the tactical acumen; it’s his ability to foster a positive and ambitious culture within the dressing room that stands out. The results are showing on the pitch and let’s hope it continues for a long time.

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