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Spurs reporter Alasdair Gold drops exciting Antonio Conte tactical claim

Antonio Conte is expected to tinker with Tottenham Hotspur’s formation in the coming weeks to get the best out of his new side, according to the ever-reliable Alasdair Gold

What’s the word?

Speaking in a recent Q&A session with supporters, the football.london reporter dropped an intriguing and fresh claim on the Italian head coach heading into November’s international break.

“There’s an expectation within the club that the starting XI and formation will change over the coming weeks,” he revealed.

“I think the width from the wing-backs negates the need for wingers up front as well, so I think we’ll see a shift to a 3-4-1-2 and yes I reckon two or three faces in the team will be different within a month’s time.

“As for converted wing-backs, [Sergio] Reguilon and Emerson (as well as [Ryan] Sessegnon and [Matt] Doherty) have the ability to carry out the role so I’m not sure he needs to convert anyone particularly but who knows what the future holds for Lucas [Moura]/[Steven] Bergwijn if he did go down that route.”

Should Conte change to a 3-4-1-2?

YES!

YES!

NO!

NO!

Tactical tweak

This revelation should leave much of the Lilywhites faithful teeming with excitement heading into the other side of the break, not just because Conte would have spent more time with some of his players – at least those that have remained in north London.

But despite a change in the dugout, Spurs still remain one of the poorest sides in the final third in the Premier League this campaign and a switch to a 3-4-1-2 could be what is required to garner more positive results in attack.

As per The Athletic, Conte’s men have not registered a shot on target in nearly four hours of top-flight football – the last was Harry Kane’s header against West Ham three games ago. It’s a little more than five hours since their last goal, too.

Spurs now sit rock-bottom for average number of shots per game (10.1), even behind all of the teams in the relegation zone, whilst their expected goals total of 11.43 is the fifth-worst in the division.

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Of course, there have been encouraging signs since the 52-year-old took charge but it is an issue that he needs to fix – and fast.

By introducing someone in the no.10 role, Conte can hand the likes of Kane and Heung-min Son some much-needed service in and around the penalty box and that is something they perhaps cannot get when utilising wing-backs and wingers in the same system.

Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli would all be contenders for the position, so it’s not as if the Italian boss is short on options.

Overall, after having to witness some pretty drab attacking displays in recent weeks, this latest claim from Gold should have plenty around N17 absolutely buzzing.

It’ll take time but it could be a masterstroke from the former Chelsea and Inter Milan title-winner.

AND in other news, Forget Emerson: “Perfect” £13.5m-rated Spurs gem who completed 93% passes ran the show vs Everton

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