Journalist claims Antonio Conte has realised his decision has been ‘harsh’ on player

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Antonio Conte
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The Sun’s Tom Barclay has claimed that Antonio Conte is likely to bring Dejan Kulusevski back into Tottenham’s starting line up, having realised that his decision to drop the Swede has been ‘harsh’.

Despite starting the season in fine form, Kulusevski has not made Tottenham’s starting eleven for the last three clashes against Fulham, Marseille and Sporting Lisbon.

Summer signing Richarlison has been given the nod to start on the right, alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Kulusevski has made an impact off the bench in all three matches, which has only added to the consternation of some Spurs fans, who feel that the former Juve man deserves to start.

Son’s poor performances have come under the microscope over recent weeks, with the South Korean yet to find the back of the net in eight matches across all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt).

When asked about the 30-year-old, Conte remarked in his press conference on Thursday that no player, including the South Korean, is undroppble (Football.London).

Barclay is confident that Kulusevski will be back in Tottenham’s starting eleven against Leicester City this afternoon but he suggested that it might be Richarlison, who makes way for the 22-year-old.

The journalist told GiveMeSport: “I think Conte has realised that it’s been harsh on Kulusevski not to have been in the team the last three games and I think it’s a fair shout that he will start the next game.

“It’s just whether it’s now time for Son to be left out because his performances haven’t really merited starting, or whether maybe Conte takes a slightly easier decision, gives Son one more game to try and get that goal and leaves Richarlison out. But I’d be surprised if Kulusevski wasn’t starting against Leicester.”

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I would be extremely surprised if Conte drops Son for the clash against Leicester.

I think the Italian does not want to dent the South Korean’s confidence any further and seems determined to play him until his luck in front of goal turns.

Like Barclay, I think it will likely be Richarlison who makes way for Kulusevski this afternoon.

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