Alejo Véliz’s impact behind the scenes at Tottenham has already changed Ange Postecoglou’s plans

Having made a total of four substitutions at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, Ange Postecoglou decided that Alejo Veliz would be her last substitution of the day. Naked and ready to go in while he stood on the sidelines, his head coach initially told the Argentine to sit back down as Dejan Kulusevski was ready to continue playing.

Five minutes later, Postecoglou did indeed make that change, thus giving Véliz the remainder of the five minutes of stoppage time allotted to help Tottenham cross the line. With Luton Town looking to advance the ball and cause Spurs problems in their own area, the Lilywhites ideally needed a fresh pair of legs and the strength and power of Véliz to keep the ball up front when they attacked themselves. .

Following Son Heung-min’s substitution in the 76th minute, Kulusevski was used as the team’s only striker and more than matched the strength and power of Luton’s backline. He was tired after making a big change and it made sense for Véliz to come in and help finish the game.

The 20-year-old had one scoring chance in his short time on the pitch, with Pape Matar Sarr coming in after a good run by the Senegalese ace. Perhaps taking too long to identify his teammate, Véliz was ultimately penalized for offside, although he himself took too long to shoot on goal once he had possession of the ball.

The summer signing may have only been on the pitch for a few minutes, but he made an impact by using his powerful frame to hold the ball well. The Godeken-born player, who has now appeared from the bench in the last two Premier League matches, will be hoping his final minutes will continue to increase once domestic football resumes after the second international break of the season.

Véliz’s playing time may have come as a surprise to Spurs fans following Postecoglou’s comments on the eve of the new campaign. Ahead of the game at Brentford on the opening weekend, the 58-year-old stressed that his new arrival was for the future and that he would be unlikely to get any minutes in the early part of the season.

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