'Credit to him': Ange Postecoglou says Tottenham have a star who is taking 'responsibility' and improving

The Tottenham star has been battling mental health issues and decided to go public about his struggles.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says 'it's a credit' to Richarlison that he's been bold and brave about his mental health issues and is encouraging people to seek help if they have to.

Richarlison has said therapy "saved my life" and welcomed the addition of a psychologist to the Brazil national team staff having admitted he struggled with depression after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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And now Postecoglou says it's great to see him encouraging others to take the same path. The Spurs boss told reporters: "No I haven't spoken to Richy but Richy's really benefited from the support that does exist. Not just for him but for others in the community.

"Because he's benefitted so directly, he's taken on the responsibility of trying to share that around. It always makes more of an impact when it's somebody who is high profile, who's in a position where we think they shouldn't really have any problems or we see it as a sign of weakness when they're looking for help and support. It's a credit to him.

"He could have dealt with this privately obviously, but I think the public aspect of it, it's a brave decision for him but more importantly, it's hopefully a great conduit for others to reach out and seek help when it's required."

The former Everton striker did not play a single minute for Brazil during the international break and his manager will now hope that he is fresh and ready to go again when they host Luton Town this weekend in the Premier League.

Postecoglou also confirmed defender Micky van de Ven was available after recovering from a hamstring injury.