Despite defeat against Liverpool in the Premier League yesterday evening, there’s reason for Tottenham Hotspur fans to be optimistic about what lies ahead according to journalist Dan Kilpatrick for the Evening Standard, as he outlines the club’s priorities in the transfer market.

After a spate of injuries took its toll on Spurs in recent weeks, with the likes of Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski, Cristian Romero, and now Heung-min Son missing games, the gaps in the Tottenham squad have been well and truly revealed.

Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte has been clear on the need for patience if his side are to compete at the top both domestically and in Europe. It has been reported that he is happy with the size of his squad (Football London), but not necessarily the quality of the squad.

While it’s unclear just how aggressive Spurs will be in the January transfer window, we do at least have a good idea now of where exactly the club should be looking to improve the squad thanks to Dan Kilpatrick’s report.

Kilpatrick spoke on the positives to take from the defeat against Liverpool, saying: “Yves Bissouma was also impressive at the base of midfield, and the sense that Conte’s summer signings are finally starting to click is another reason for optimism.”

The game also made clear the areas that Conte will look to bolster, with Kilpatrick saying: “Upgrades at wing-back and centre-half, and an understudy for Kulusevski are next on the shopping list.

“With key players returning and everyone aware of where Spurs need to improve, fans can look ahead to the second half of the campaign with renewed optimism.”

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If Spurs can get two wins from their next two games, they will go into the World Cup in the top four in the league and having progressed in two cup competitions.

We can then get to January and make adjustments to the squad that will add real quality and further depth, to allow the team to compete in the back-end of the season.

If we can fix the areas Kilpatrick has highlighted, we will have a really strong squad, and hopefully match the heights of the second half of last season once again. We are a second-half team, after all.

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