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“He has to develop”- Conte says this summer signing is not a part of his “present” Tottenham plans

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Antonio Conte says Destiny Udogie not a part of his current Tottenham Hotspur plans

Speaking in his press conference today at Hotspur Way (h/t Football.London), Antonio Conte admitted that Destiny Udogie isn’t a part of his “present” Tottenham Hotspur plans.

The Italian manager made Udogie his seventh signing this summer. The 19-year-old left-back is headed back to Udinese to fulfill a season-long loan spell before he can play for Spurs.

The former Hellas Verona man cost Spurs £17million in transfer fees this summer. Speaking on Udogie, Conte emphasised that he is a player for the future, not the present.

“He’s a player for the future. I think he is a good prospect for Tottenham because we are talking about a young player. For sure this player needs to develop like Spence and in my opinion a good investment for the club.”

Spurs currently have three left-wing-backs on their books. Ryan Sessegnon, Ivan Perisic, Ben Davies, and Sergio Reguilon can all play in that position.

However, that spot can free up soon, and to a large extent. The Welshman is already being played as a left-sided centre-back, while Perisic, at 33, isn’t really a long-term investment.

Reguilon is also heavily linked with a move away from N17 this summer. And this is why Conte reminded fans that Udogie is a player they can expect to see in action for Spurs in the future, not right now.

Antonio Conte says Destiny Udogie not a part of his current Tottenham Hotspur plans
Destiny Udogie during his time at Hellas Verona, up against Ruslan Malinovskyi of Atalanta. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“When you are young you need to play to improve your experience. For sure we are talking about a good prospect, but we are talking about a player for the future not for the present. He has to develop and to grow with a group of players with more experience.”

It’s a good thing he is headed back to play in Serie A because he is a very part of Udinese’s team. He is virtually guaranteed to get first-team minutes there and could return to Tottenham an even better player.

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But as Conte said, he is a player we must think about as a future prospect. Right now, it is expected that Sessegnon and Perisic will fight for the starting berth down the left flank.

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