As the January transfer window looms, Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has told Sky Sports Italia (26/12/22 via Fabrizio Romano) about the kind of players the club is likely to be looking at bringing in.
It’s now been just over 13 months since Antonio Conte took charge of Spurs and we have seen the Italian begin to mould the squad into his own system over two transfer windows.
Last January, the Lilywhites brought in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus (Sky Sports), two players who have become integral parts of the Tottenham line-up.
Over the summer Spurs were particularly busy, bringing in seven new players to add further strength in depth to the squad.
The signings of players like Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, and Yves Bissouma were believed to signal something of a change in the Tottenham transfer policy – recruiting experienced, ready-made first-team players rather than acquiring younger players.
Now though, it sounds like the previous approach could be revisited in January, if Conte’s words are anything to go by. Bearing in mind the examples the 53-year-old offers up, however, it may not be the worst idea.
Conte said: “We will try to do something, but we have to follow the club’s vision. Tottenham want to invest on young players, as we did with Kulusevski and Bentancur. Talents but with accessible salaries. This is what we’ll try to do.”
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This could go one of two ways. What we don’t want to happen is, we go into the market in January and sign players like Djed Spence and Bryan Gil – players I actually rate quite highly, but who are clearly not part of the plan.
Hopefully, what does happen instead is we make carefully considered signings, bringing in talented players who aren’t going to burden us with massive wages for years to come, and who can slot into Conte’s system with ease – just like Kulusevski and Bentancur did.
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