Antonio Conte praises Tottenham Hotspur newboy Clement Lenglet
Speaking in an interview after Tottenham’s loss to Roma, as quoted by Football. London, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte was full of praise for the performance of talented French centre-back Clement Lenglet.
Lenglet was signed by Spurs from Barcelona on a season-long loan and he immediately looked the part in Antonio Conte’s back three. A very capable defender, the Frenchman has the ability to become one of Spurs’ most influential players this season.
The French centre-back made the move to N17 to resurrect what had been a faltering career with the Spanish giants. The 27-year-old defender fell out of favour under Xavi Hernandez at Camp Nou.
One thing that is very unique about Lenglet is his quality on the ball. He is an exceptional ball-playing centre-half who can drive up with the ball at his feet and play line-breaking passes to the forwards.
Despite Tottenham’s disappointing night where they lost 0-1 to Roma, Lenglet had a fairly solid game. He even impressed with a dribble up the field and could find a place in the starting eleven under Conte.
The manager echoed these words in the interview where he had glowing praise for the talented French centre-back
“I’m happy for Lenglet, for Clement, because he came in with personality. We need a player to play, to play with personality, to have the quality to play football, also to attack. It was positive”
Clement Lenglet is a solid addition to the Spurs squad. In the absence of a natural centre-back, Conte played Ben Davies last season as the attack-minded left centre-back who got forward with the ball.
Lenglet can do everything that Davies does, only better. He is a better defender than the Welshman and having played at a club like Barcelona, his passing has only improved over the years.
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If the Lenglet deal works out well, there is no reason why we will not negotiate with Barcelona and make this deal permanent next season. It’s too early to talk about that though and we need to focus on the current season.