Antonio Conte hints at Tottenham Hotspur’s January transfer plans after Leeds United clash
Speaking after his team’s thrilling 4-3 Premier League win against Leeds United at N17, Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte hinted that the club needs to strengthen in January.
Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur – Spurs’ two January signings earlier this year – were vital in Spurs’ comeback win. The Uruguay international scored twice while the Swede was electric down the right flank, assisting the club’s fourth goal.
Speaking in his post-match interview, the former Chelsea manager hinted that the club still need to strengthen ahead of the January transfer window. He said (h/t Football.London):
“You see the example of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea and these teams are really strong. Strong squad with a great quality…”
“You need patience, you need the transfer market to improve the, squad, the quality of your squad. Today you have seen the difference to have Kulusevski and Richarlison rather than not.”
Deki and Richarlison’s injuries cost us. Without them, Conte, at times, played with just two forwards in Son Heung-min and Harry Kane – a problem that then increased after the South Korean’s injury against Olympique de Marseille.
It begs us the question of what could have been had Spurs signed an additional forward apart from Richarlison this summer, or even kept Steven Bergwijn, who left for Ajax Amsterdam.
An attacker – a world-class one, hopefully – would be what many Spurs fans will be crying out for once the winter window opens in January. A centre-back won’t hurt as well, but perhaps strengthening in the attacking areas seems more urgent.
For now, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, and Ben Davies are doing the job. Then again, an injury to even one of them could then mean falling back to Clement Lenglet, Davinson Sanchez, or Japhet Tanganga – with the trio being underwhelming this campaign whenever handed minutes.
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Hopefully, Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici back Conte in January as well as they did in the summer, with multiple signings.