Postecoglou praises young Tottenham defender despite lack of playing time

Tottenham's personnel has been changing under Ange Postecoglou's eye, and though there's a finite amount of playing time to go around, some of the younger members are progressing well.
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Spurs seem to have found their starting center-backs in Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven. Between Romero's aggressiveness and tackling, and VDV's pure athleticism and recovery pace, it's practically a match made in heaven.

As a result, it's become increasingly difficult for other players to find their way into the starting XI. One such player to note would be January signing Radu Dragusin.

The 22-year-old Romanian only found his way onto the pitch in nine matches out of the 18 he was selected for, getting subbed on for five and starting four (Transfermarkt).

With the €25.00m the North London club shelled out for the former Genoa player, it came as a surprise to many fans to see Dragusin get such few minutes (Transfermarkt).

However, according to Ange Postecoglou, fans shouldn't jump to conclusions just yet. The player has a bright future ahead of him.

Speaking on ITV ahead of Romania's recent 2-0 loss to Belgium in Saturday's Euro clash, the manager spoke on the player's development and effort since joining the club (via TBR Football).

“He is a super kid and he really wants to learn. He actually went to Juventus at a very young age, so he has been schooled in Italian defending. He is a defender who loves defending,” Ange stated.

“He is a brave passer as well, he is sort of adding that to his game. He is only 22, but he is a great kid and I am super happy that we have got him at Spurs,” he added.

Of course, it's too early to know when or for how long he'll make it onto the pitch next season. Nevertheless, Spurs certainly have a player for the future on their hands in Radu Dragusin, and certainly one with the work ethic to meet the high demands of 'Ange-ball'.