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“Completely different side” – Pundit says Tottenham are unrecognisable without 22-year-old in the team

By Mehdi Gokal -

Tottenham Hotspur’s standout addition this season undoubtedly comes in the form of defender Micky van de Ven.

Arriving from Wolfsburg in a significant €40 million deal last summer, the Dutch centre-back has made an immediate impact in the English top flight.

Van de Ven’s performances have surpassed expectations, particularly under the tactical guidance of manager Ange Postecoglou.

The Australian head coach’s strategy emphasises aggressive pressing and a high defensive line, which can be challenging for defenders. However, he has adeptly adapted to this style, showcasing his defensive prowess.

Former footballer Owen Hargreaves has offered insights on Spurs’ performances, highlighting the transformative effect of Van de Ven’s presence on the team’s dynamics.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Hargreaves underscored how the team appears visibly different with Van de Ven on the field, noting his influence on the side.

The pundit pointed out that Micky’s absence could potentially reduce the team’s aggression and experience.

He said (via TBR):

“I think when Van de Ven is on there they’re a completely different side. Maybe they could be a bit more aggressive. I think they lack a bit of experience maybe, a young team, Bissouma, Sarr and Maddison are amazing young players.”

The Netherlands international has been a mainstay in Tottenham’s lineup, featuring in all 18 league games he’s been available for this season.

Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Spurs fans eagerly await his return, anticipating his continued impact in his debut campaign.

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