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“Who can unlock defences”- Tottenham Hotspur told to back Antonio Conte with these three signings

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Tottenham Hotspur told to back Antonio Conte with these three signings including new goalkeeper

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has urged Spurs’ board to back manager Antonio Conte by signing a new creative midfielder, centre-back, and goalkeeper.

Speaking to Football Insider (h/t the Express), Hutton noted how Lloris needs a long-term successor and that Fraser Forster may not be the ideal solution for such a scenario.

“…another goalkeeper has to come in. Someone who can challenge [Hugo] Lloris long-term. I know [Fraser] Forster is there at this moment in time but is he going to be number one, I am not so sure. A left-sided centre-half, [Clement] Lenglet has obviously come in on loan. I think that is a short-term fix.”

Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is a world-class goalkeeper.
Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid is a world-class goalkeeper. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Clement Lenglet joined us on loan from Barcelona this summer but he isn’t a world-class addition to our team. The Frenchman is also set to return to Barcelona this summer after his loan spell ends here.

Lloris’ successor, meanwhile, is a profile we have to solidify soon. Forster joined as a free agent from Southampton this summer as a short-term backup for him – that is for sure.

It’s best that we look at world-class options that have several years still ahead of them. Jan Oblak is one name that has been mentioned while Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni is a young centre-back who has what it takes to be an elite defender one day.

Tottenham Hotspur told to back Antonio Conte with these three signings including new goalkeeper
Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to target James Maddison of Leicester City. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A creative midfielder is perhaps one profile we need in this team. Our current options – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Oliver Skipp – aren’t really known for their attacking endeavour.

And that is why James Maddison of Leicester City has emerged as a potential candidate. Hutton added:

“Creativity in midfield is massive for me. That is the bit that is crying out for me so they don’t heavily rely on the likes of Son [Heung-min] and [Harry] Kane. I think somebody who can unlock defences is really key for them at this moment in time.”

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It’s anyone’s guess if Spurs will add high-profile names to the team in the January transfer window. We are arguably still in the Premier League title race and made it to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages – which should give more impetus to the Lilywhites to add strong names to the team and finish the trophy with silverware.

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