Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has revealed that January signing Radu Dragusin knew the challenge of playing for the London-based club before deciding in favour of the move.


Spurs signed the 22-year-old defender from Italian side Genoa for a fee of £25m early last month.


The Romanian has not hit the ground running at his new club though and has so far been used in parts in three of Tottenham’s Premier League matches, clocking just eight minutes overall.




Postecoglou though is clear that the player is adapting to the new style of football that is in place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and has been doing a good job on that front.


The Spurs manager further took time to add that before moving to London, Dragusin knew the challenges of playing at a bigger club and accepted it.



“He has been great, he working hard. He was at Genoa and he was playing”, Postecoglou said at a press conference.


“If just playing was all he was interested in then he would have stayed at Genoa.



“If you want to move to big clubs then that’s part of the process.


“He knew that and that is why I wanted him here because he knew the challenge of coming here and playing was not just going to be a given.


“It’s about working your way.


“He’s adapting. We play a lot differently to what he’s used to, we’ve used him in games and I think he’s done well when we’ve used him.”


Postecoglou insists it is important to have strength in depth in central defence and that is something that Dragusin, who has impressed him, has brought to the squad.


“Again, we did not buy him for six months, we brought him to this football club for a long time and we’ve already seen this year what losing our two central defenders what impact that had on our season.


“I do not want that to happen in the future so Radu is here for that and the next three to four months before the end of the season it’s about him adapting and working hard.


“He has been outstanding in training, great attitude, great amongst the players.


“The players can really see the qualities he has and he’s ready to play.”


Dragusin was a regular with Genoa before switching Italy for England and will hope to soon nail down a spot under Postecoglou.