Ange Postecoglou believes Brennan Johnson will “fit in really well” at Tottenham Hotspur after signing him from Nottingham Forest on deadline day.
Tottenham won the race to sign Johnson after his breakthrough year in the Premier League with Forest last season. The move was announced in the latter stages of deadline day on Friday. As an attacker, Johnson will help Spurs’ transforming attack in the post-Harry Kane era.
The day after signing Johnson, Spurs beat Burnley 5-2. Johnson was not yet ready to participate, but will no doubt be enthusiastic about what he has signed up for.
After the Burnley game, Tottenham head coach Postecoglou explained why he found Johnson an appealing player to bring to the club.
“Just another exciting young player,” Postecoglou began, before adding: “He’s a real threat in the front third and he’s a bit different to what we’ve already got.
“He’s young, ambitious. It’s no secret that that’s been the model for me, not just here but wherever I’ve gone. It’s just as much about the person you’re bringing in as the footballer.
“Looking at him, he’s going to fit in really well with this group because he’s really ambitious and hungry and he wants to take his game to another level. The technical and the physical attributes he has I think he should fit in really well with us.”
Johnson was the final signing for Tottenham after a summer that also saw them bring in Guglielmo Vicario in goal, Micky van de Ven and Ashley Phillips in defence, James Maddison in midfield and Manor Solomon and Alejo Veliz in attack.
Postecoglou pleased with transforming Tottenham squad
There have been reports circulating that Postecoglou would have preferred to sign an additional centre-back, but the Australian tactician is content with how the squad has changed since he took over earlier in the summer.
“When you go through these things you always understand that there are so many moving parts that I think you rarely come out of it with an ideal picture but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a picture that can still work,” he explained.
“We’ve still done a fair bit in a short space of time. When you look at the team we have got now, we virtually changed half the starting line-up, the way we play, the way we train, totally new coaching staff and training.
“It was never going to be one window this rebuild. Where we sit at the moment I’m really happy with the players we’ve brought in.”
Out of his new additions to the squad he inherited, Vicario, Van de Ven, Maddison and Solomon were starters against Burnley, while Phillips was an unused substitute.