Antonio Conte cannot guarantee game time to out-of-favour Tottenham quartet
Speaking in an interview as quoted by football.london, Tottenham manager Antonio Conte admits that he cannot guarantee game time to the out-of-favour quartet Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks should they stay at the club beyond this summer.
Conte has made several signings to reinforce the squad ahead of the new season. Tottenham are looking like a much more formidable unit to compete for trophies this time around.
Signings like Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Ivan Perisic are essential acquisitions for a competitive Spurs squad whilst a signing like Djed Spence is one to develop and nurture and bank on in the future.
Despite adding so many players to the squad, one thing that Spurs are struggling with this season is departures. Players that Antonio Conte has deemed expendable are not yet out of the club and there is a chance that they could remain here next season.
Speaking about the idea of reintegrating them into his plans, the Italian tactician was rather sceptical about it
“As you said in your question, there’s the World Cup and for this season, many players want to play regularly, and then for this reason I think that sometimes it’s better for the player and club to find the right solution for both, because to keep players unhappy is not good and I cannot ensure they’ll play regularly here in Tottenham”
The Italian tactician could not have been clearer to his players. He has made it evident that it is highly unlikely that they will be reintegrated into the club’s plans and it is best that they move on.
Conte was right in pointing out the World cup as a factor. All the above players with the exception of Harry Winks find themselves on the fringes of the national team but none of them except Lo Celso has a definite place in the squad.
Hence, regular game time is the only way for these players to get their careers back on track and make a telling case to their national managers to choose them for the marquee event in Qatar.
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Conte has made it clear that it is unlikely to happen here. It’s best for all parties that we move on to the next chapters.