Micky van de Ven reckons Spurs can do beautiful things if they train hard under Postecoglou – and has studied Vertonghen | The Sun
MICKY VAN DE VEN reckons new club Tottenham can do some “beautiful things” under attack-minded boss Ange Postecoglou.
Dutch defender VDV was chucked straight in for his debut at Brentford on Sunday.
That was despite only arriving from Wolfsburg for £43million five days prior and having only three days’ training.
The 22-year-old coped well on the whole and showed signs of his lightning quick pace in the 2-2 draw.
Though Spurs did not win their first competitive game under Postecoglou, fans were buoyed by the progressive style of play and were chanting their new boss’ name before half-time.
Van de Ven was hugely impressed by the Greek-born Aussie during transfer talks and believes the future looks very bright.
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Asked why he agreed to come to North London, Van de Ven replied: “Because it's an amazing club.
“I had a good meeting with the trainer. He's a really good trainer, I love the club, I love the players and I think there is so much potential under this trainer so we will see where this season heads.
“(Postecoglou) has a good view on football. Attacking football is what I love, playing with a lot of space in the back doesn't matter for me.
“Offensive football is what I like and if we play a lot of offensive football and we train, we train, we train then I think we can do some beautiful things.”
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Van de Ven used to watch Spurs regularly because of all the players who joined them from the big Dutch clubs.
Among those are Christian Eriksen, who arrived from Ajax in 2013, and Steven Bergwijn, who was bought from PSV seven years later.
Van de Ven has already drawn comparisons from supporters to left-sided centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgian, 36, also signed from Ajax in 2012 and went on to make 315 Spurs appearances.
And Van de Ven revealed he has studied Vertonghen’s game as part of his own development.
The youngster said: “I was always in the stadium when Jan Vertonghen was playing for Ajax so I always saw him play and always said he was a good left-footed centre-back.
“Of course I learned some from him as I watched videos of him, so of course I learned from him.”
Van de Ven made 33 appearances last term for Wolfsburg where he was dubbed the fastest centre-back in the Bundesliga.
He also captained the Netherlands at this summer’s Under-21 Euros in Georgia in Romania.
Yet his bow in the relentless Premier League was a step-up.
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Reflecting on his new league having experienced it for the first time, Van de Ven said: “Everything is harder, it's going quicker and it's going up and down, up and down.
“There is no moment in the game where you feel you can rest a bit, you always have to be sharp and 100 per cent focused.”
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