'He feels good now': Early Tottenham team news as Ange Postecoglou confirms £60m star is ready to start

Richarlison has been battling a knee problem and missed games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says striker Richarlison has been training and reacted well to playing 10 minutes against Fulham and 5 against Luton Town the other day. 

The Brazilian, signed from Everton for £60million a couple of seasons ago had to take a minor surgery on his knee but according to the Spurs boss, he's back now and is ready.

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Asked if he was in line to start against West Ham this evening after his limited minutes against Luton, Postecoglou said: "Yeah, yeah, he was much better after the game and he felt a lot better. He trained yesterday and he'll train this afternoon. He feels good now." 

Last season the former Everton striker could only manage just one goal from 27 league games, but he's got 10 this time out in what is his most prolific campaign for the Lilywhites so far. He also recently went public about his mental health struggles. 

The Brazil and Tottenham forward admitted he suffered troubling thoughts and was ready to "give up" when battling depression following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The 26-year-old said he sought psychological help following the tournament, saying it was "the best discovery I've ever had in my life."

Tottenham needing to improve away from against Hammers

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Tottenham have gone three matches without an away league win at West Ham, their longest run since six winless matches at Upton Park between 1995 and 2001.

They have lost three of their last five London derbies in the top flight, as many defeats as in their previous 19 such matches but they are only just three points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa with a game in hand. 

West Ham have had time to lick their wounds after being at the end of a 4-3 thriller against Newcastle United over the weekend so they should be pumped up for this game too.

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