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Antonio Conte tactical switch could finally unlock Tanguy Ndombele at Spurs

Antonio Conte is expected to tinker his tactical system at Tottenham Hotspur in the coming weeks and it could be hugely beneficial to Tanguy Ndombele.

The Italian has barely been in the job a week but according to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, we could see a shift to a 3-4-1-2 in a bid to solve their attacking woes.

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

“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.”

So far under the 52-year-old, the Lilywhites are unbeaten, having narrowly defeated Vitesse 3-2 in the Europa Conference League before Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Everton.

Who should play the no.10 role in a 3-4-1-2?

NDOMBELE

NDOMBELE

ALLI

ALLI

LO CELSO

LO CELSO

MOURA

MOURA

What is most alarming, however, is that Spurs’ creative problems are continuing. The side has not registered a shot on target in nearly four hours, whilst their last league goal came over five hours ago, as per The Athletic.

Similarly, the north Londoners rank last for average shots per game (10.1), which is worse than the three teams occupying a place in the bottom three, including managerless Norwich City (10.3), via WhoScored.

To get the best out of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, Conte is perhaps going to look to deploy an attacking midfielder in the middle, rather than having two wide men on top of both wing-backs.

This opens the door for Spurs’ divisive club-record signing to finally live up to expectations. The last two years have been mixed, to say the least.

Across 86 appearances, the £34m-rated dynamo has only provided ten goals and eight assists, averaging a direct contribution once every 272 minutes, via Transfermarkt, which isn’t good enough but sometimes, albeit fairly rarely, we have seen glimpses of why chairman Daniel Levy splashed £55m on him.

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“In the right environment he could become one of the best midfielders in the world,” once claimed French journalist Julien Laurens to the BBC, whilst ex-goalkeeper Joe Hart dubbed him “unplayable” and a “world-beater” to BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand last season.

Ndombele has played several different midfield roles since arriving in the summer of 2019 but it is the advanced position where he has reaped the best rewards, averaging a contribution every 3.5 games, over 4.2 games when deployed deeper, as per Transfermarkt.

Therefore, this massive call from Conte to revert to a system that utilises a no.10 should see the French flop become a key and influential player for the club.

If it doesn’t, then the writing may well be on the wall but only time will tell.

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