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“Bruised egos”- Pundit explains why some Tottenham players will be happy if Antonio Conte leaves

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Pundit explains why some Tottenham Hotspur players will be happy if Antonio Conte leaves

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has opined that some Spurs could be happy about manager Antonio Conte potentially leaving the club.

This is because, according to him, they could be pleased about the possibility of getting another chance at breaking into the first team. Conte’s current contract expires at the end of the season.

He is expected to part ways with the club in the near future, which is why Spurs have supposedly started planning for life without the former Chelsea and Juventus head coach. Jenas recently told The Mirror (h/t The Express):

Tottenham Hotspur's Italian head coach Antonio Conte was livid after the 3-3 draw vs Southampton.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Italian head coach Antonio Conte was angry after 3-3 draw vs Southampton. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

” For the players, there will be bruised egos. Those who start will be thinking, ‘Did he need to say that? Why has he gone down that road? But there will be a lot of players on the fringes thinking, ‘Brilliant, he’ll be on his way and I’m going to get another chance’.”

The first couple of sentences here refers to Conte’s post-match rant following his team’s 3-3 Premier League draw against Southampton at St. Mary’s just before the international break. He even went on to label the players as ‘selfish’ and questioned the club’s pedigree.

Jenas proposes an interesting idea here because it makes a lot of sense. Djed Spence is a notable player who has fallen out of favour (if he was ever in favour) under Conte since his arrival from Middlesbrough last summer.

He was allowed to join Stade Rennais on a six-month loan deal in January. Joe Rodon (on loan at Rennes), Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga are three more players on the fringes of the starting XI here.

Then, there is the midfield trio of Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, and Tanguy Ndombele who were all allowed to leave on loans last summer. They are pretty experienced and in the prime physical years of their career.

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Any new potential manager could, hence, look to bring out the best in these rather ignored players. Apart from perhaps Ndombele, the aforementioned players seem redeemable for Spurs.

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