Ledley King reveals key detail that stands out to him about Conte’s Spurs

Ledley King has admitted that the physical stature of the current Tottenham Hotspur squad really stands out to him.

Tottenham have been extremely busy in terms of incomings in the summer transfer window so far, and none of the six players that have come through the door are lacking in height or physical strength.

Antonio Conte has stressed the importance of signing players who can cope with the physical demands of the Premier League (Sky Sports), and King believes that playing against the current Spurs team could be quite intimidating for the opposition.

The former Tottenham captain told The Athletic: “When I look at the squad, one of the first things that strikes me is the size of them.

“It’s a very physical squad, and that excites me. Being a somewhat physical defender back in my day, to see a team full of big, strong athletes is great.

“It definitely makes a difference when you’re stood in the tunnel before a game and you look across and you see a team of strong athletes who can run all day. We seem to be building towards that at the moment.”

Tottenham are a much better outfit now compared to the one King played in for the majority of his career but the centre-back added that even the sides he played in believed they could do something special heading into every new season.

He said: “The most important thing is getting off to a good start. Believe it or not, there wasn’t a time I went into a season not believing we could win the league if we started the season right.

“We always had good enough players. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But I’m sure this group’s mentality will be the same. Let’s start the season well and see where we are.

“Every season is different, with different obstacles regarding injuries, but the main focus is to start the season as well as possible.”

King also remarked that the six new faces who arrived at the club this summer should not have any trouble settling in quickly.

When asked if having proven Premier League players is important, he added: “It makes a difference but Kulusevski and Bentancur took to the PL straight away, they were excellent and played a big part in the team finishing the season in the top four.

“But there’s no doubt players like Richarlison and Bissouma know the league well. Perisic is experienced and played at the highest level. You’d think you wouldn’t have to worry about these players settling in. They know the levels expected and they should be fine.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The physicality and the intensity of the side we had between 2015-2017 under Pochettino was one of their greatest strengths.

We often saw teams struggling to cope with the power and strength of our two full-backs (Rose and Walker) and the likes of Dembele and Wanyama in midfield.

There is certainly a similar video to the current Spurs squad and they are arguably just as fit as that Pochettino side if not even fitter.

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