Tottenham Hotspur squad Antonio Conte, Premier League transfer news; Tanguy Ndombele exit, rumors, whispers, season, Dele Alli
Antonio Conte has only been manager of Spurs for a little over two months, but he already knows he has to “solve a lot of problems”.
After finishing second in the 2016/17 Premier League, Tottenham have slipped in the rankings with each season and placed 7th in the 2020/21 campaign, finishing just three points ahead of 10th-placed Everton.
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Ahead of his first transfer window as Spurs boss, Conte met with president Daniel Levy and soccer director Fabio Paratici to work out a plan of attack for January.
According to a report in The telegraph, the meeting between the trio has been described as “unrestrained” as Conte provided a criticism of the Spurs squad that “probably wouldn’t have made for a comfortable listening for Levy.”
The meeting ended with all three agreeing that the team needed a new right-back, a midfielder and a striker before the January window closes.
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The team rely heavily on the brilliance of talismanic duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, who scored 40 of Spurs’ 68 Premier League goals last season.
The duo are Spurs’ top scorer again this season, although Kane has only scored four goals in 18 games.
It’s no wonder Conte said his side are performing at an ‘average’ level following their 2-0 loss in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg to Chelsea.
Speaking after the loss, Conte confirmed that a meeting between him, Levy and Paratici had taken place and that he had provided them with detailed advice on the squad.
“I spoke with the club and got my thoughts on the situation, and that’s the most important thing,” said Conte.
“Then the club have to decide the best way forward. I have no expectations.
“I am a coach and I know there are a lot of issues that we have to solve.
One of the biggest issues Conte has yet to resolve since arriving is the curious case of club midfielder Tanguy Ndombele signing the record.
The Frenchman arrived from Lyon in the summer of 2019 for A $ 101million, but just didn’t live up to the hefty price tag and was booed by fans in the third round match of the Tottenham FA Cup versus Morecambe.
The telegraph claim Spurs are ready to loan Ndombele as well as Matt Doherty and Dele Alli.
Alli has never looked out of place after joining London club from League One squad MK Dons in 2015.
He made a name for himself in the 2016/17 season when he scored 18 goals in 37 league appearances, but never regained the same form.
Now it looks like the curtain is starting to be drawn on his Spurs career, as is Doherty who is one of Spurs’ many attempts at solutions to his biggest problem in several years.
Since Kyle Walker traded his life at White Hart Lane for Manchester City in 2017, Spurs have signed three different right-backs at a combined cost of A $ 120million.
Doherty, Serge Aurier and Emerson Royal all walked through the door at Hotspur Way, but that says a lot that Aurier has left the club, Doherty is on the chopping block and Emerson hasn’t set the world on fire since ‘he joined the summer from Barcelona.
Conte hopes to come up with his own answer to the problem in the form of Wolves Adama Traore flyer.
The Spaniard is a winger by trade, but Conte hopes to repeat his experience when he managed to convert Victor Moses to a winger during his time at Chelsea.
Traore is valued by Wolves at A $ 38million but has failed to register a goal or assist this season.