The Evening Standard has explained that Antonio Conte wanted to sign players in January who would ‘follow his instructions to the letter’ and give their all for Tottenham. 

Tottenham were arguably the most active Premier League club on deadline day, making two acquisitions and also seeing a number of players depart from north London. 

Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil all exited the club on loan (Sky Sports), while Dele Alli completed a permanent transfer to Everton late in the window (The Guardian). 

As for incomings, Spurs brought in Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur (BBC Sport) to bolster Conte’s options heading into the second half of the campaign. 

The duo will likely be have been of Conte’s request according to the Evening Standard, who claims the Italian was looking to sign players of a particular profile in January. 

The report explains the former Inter Milan boss wanted to bring in players that listened closely to his instructions as well as working hard for him. 

It adds that, despite the large winter clear-out, Conte’s squad being smaller will allow for a more harmonious operation that will further commit to his tough and meticulous ways of working. 

The Independent reported late last month that Conte had grown tired of Giovani Lo Celso’s inability to follow instructions to his required level. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Tottenham needed this kind of clear-out, even though it was mid-season. There are some concerns about a couple of areas of the squad, but that won’t matter if every player works hard. Hopefully both Kulusevski and Bentancur knuckle down and settle in quickly to make an instant impact. 

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