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“It means investing”- Antonio Conte clearly lists what Tottenham need to do become title contenders

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Antonio Conte lists what Tottenham Hotspur need to do become title contenders after Aston Villa humiliation

Tottenham Hotspur need to keep investing and spending the big bucks if they want to become Premier League title contenders like Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool, according to Antonio Conte.

Spurs fans would hate the fact that Conte mentioned the Blues and the Gunners as title contenders ahead of his own team. But to some extent, that may be true.

Son Heung-min was a signing made in the summer of 2016 from Bayer Leverkusen when he was an unknown name to the majority of Premier League fans. Harry Kane, meanwhile, is a product of our own academy.

Tottenham Hotspur star Cristian Romero ruled out of action for three-four weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur star, Cristian Romero, in action.

Hugo Lloris came here 10 and a half years ago from Olympique de Lyonnais. He may not be world-class per se but along with the three names above, he is one of the best players that Spurs had before Conte took charge of the team.

After Villa’s 2-0 win at N17, Conte sent a strong message to the powers that be by saying Spurs aren’t title contenders. He then listed down what they need to do become just that, and said (h/t Sky Sports):

“To become title contenders, to become a team ready to fight to win something, you need to have a solid foundation, which means to have 14 or 15 strong players, with quality, and the other young players to develop.”

“Every season, you can add two players, but two players priced £50m, £60m, £70m. In this way, it means you are signing important players who can improve the quality and the level of your team. But this is a process, guys. This is a process.”

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Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window from Juventus. They weren’t the biggest signings in that window but they are now two of our best players.

This summer, we spent £172million on transfers that saw the addition of players like Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, and Djed Spence. Despite Steven Bergwijn’s departure, Spurs kept hold of their very best players and signed Romero permanently.

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Hence, Conte has been backed plenty. Although that doesn’t mean Spurs don’t need additions in January and the summer. However, the Italian manager must understand that success can’t always be bought and making most of what he has and gets could be a situation he may have to prepare for.

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