Pundit claims Spurs must ‘capitalise’ on Conte power that Steven Gerrard also has

Antonio Conte
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Micah Richards has urged Tottenham to give full backing to Antonio Conte in the transfer market and feels the club should not waste the opportunity to improve under the Italian. 

Conte has remained unbeaten in his nine Premier League games in charge of Spurs, which has lifted the club to sixth in the table and just one point behind West Ham in fifth. 

The former Inter Milan manager has often reiterated the need for improvements to be made to his squad (The Athletic), but Spurs have yet to make a move in the transfer market so far. 

However, Spurs are getting closer to securing a deal for Wolves winger Adama Traore (The Guardian) after allegedly seeing a £15 million bid turned down by the West Midlands side (The Telegraph). 

Former England and Manchester City defender Richards believes Spurs ‘cannot waste the chance’ to improve under the guidance of Conte and feels it would be damaging not to listen to his suggestions when it comes to building the team. 

In his column for the Daily Mail, Richards said: “Perhaps it is a stretch to see Tottenham challenging for the Premier League anytime soon but Conte has won titles with Bari, Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan and he didn’t accept Daniel Levy’s offer to succeed Nuno Espirito Santo to waste time.

“Conte wants to be competitive, to cause problems for Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

“That is why it would be crazy if Levy didn’t give him the proper backing to get Tottenham motoring forward again, as was the case under Mauricio Pochettino.”

He added: “At the beginning of the season, I didn’t expect Tottenham to be in contention for the top four but Levy’s decision to appoint Conte has given them a fantastic opportunity — if they do make it into the Champions League next year, it will be down to him.

“To enhance their prospects, however, the right additions this month would be an enormous advantage.

“Conte has a pull and Spurs must capitalise on that, in the same way Steven Gerrard was able to attract Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa. That was a club backing their manager.

“Tottenham must maintain it — and to do that, it means giving Conte the opportunity to really enhance this squad. He is the best possible manager they could have wished for at this time. They cannot waste this chance.”

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Conte has been clear of what he wants and what needs improving, so it is now down to Spurs to deliver on those requests. Managers of his quality do not come around very often so it is imperative that they don’t let him down, because he is a big factor of how this side can get better. 

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