Ange Postecoglou answers questions surrounding Tottenham's left-back issues

Spurs were dealt a major blow when injury sidelined multiple defenders for the rest of the season, leaving their manager with the difficult task of selecting his match-day squads.
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League / Julian Finney/GettyImages

With Destiny Udogie and Ben Davies out of action for the remainder of the season, Spurs have been left with a few options at left-back.

In last weekend's 4-2 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, Postecoglou's choice was right-back Emerson Royal.

Given the resulting scoreline, it's no surprise that in Tottenham's most recent fixture, the Australian manager went with a different choice. However, it wasn't one that most fans were expecting.

Enter, Oliver Skipp. A relatively shorter player in the grand picture of the Premier League's physicality, Skipp has not been a regular this season, joining the starting XI just five times in league play (Transfermarkt).

However, that wasn't even the main reason fans were unsurprisingly shocked to see him take up the role in Saturday's clash with Burnley. Rather, it was the fact that Skipp doesn't play defense. He's a center-midfielder.

Despite playing out of position, the squad was still able to get the job done against The Clarets, and perhaps it was Postecoglou's inverted full-back tactics, allowing Skipp to drift centrally, which aided the cause. However, that didn't stop reporters from inquiring about the decision.

In his post-match press conference, Postecoglou addressed the confusion surrounding his choice to go with Skipp rather than, say, Micky van de Ven, the Premier League's fastest player (and a left-footed one at that).

"I've been mindful with Micky that he's had a couple of injuries and the demands of playing left-back are a lot different to playing centre-back. I just have to be careful - what's more important is what we're trying to build here, and I was reluctant to put him out there for that reason alone," Postecoglou explained.

Eventually, though, VDV did switch into the wide role, relieving Skipp of his duties and making space for January signing Radu Dragusin to take the helm in the central role.

Speaking to this, the manager added, "I thought for the last bit of the game it made sense, Skippy was only ever going to be able to play for... about 60 minutes, he hasn't played for ages."

Whatever the intention, it seems the choice paid off. However, with Radu Dragusin's strong performance, which Ange described as "very good," it's left some to wonder whether or not the Romanian will get the starting job in Tottenham's next match-up, or if Ange will opt to stick with the Burnley set-list.