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Spurs: Antonio Conte reveals team news hint ahead of Leeds

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has dropped a team news hint ahead of the Premier League meeting with Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

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Speaking to SPURSPLAY following Tottenham’s Carabao Cup loss to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening, the 53-year-old revealed that, after both Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison started the midweek fixture on the bench, the duo should now be in line for a start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

Regarding the fitness of the pair, the Italian manager said: “The positive thing tonight was to see again Richarlison and Deki. I think they are ready for the game on Saturday to play against Leeds. It is good news for us.”

“Good news”

Considering just how important a part of Conte’s front three both Kulusevski and Richarlison have proven to be since their respective moves to north London, the 53-year-old’s claim that both players are now in line to start against Leeds this weekend is undoubtedly good news for Tottenham.

Indeed, over Kulusevski’s 31 appearances for Spurs, the £61m-rated winger has been in sensational form, hitting the back of the net on six separate occasions, as well as providing his teammates with a further 12 assists – averaging a direct goal involvement every 111 minutes of football played for the club.

Meanwhile, over Richarlison’s 14 outings for Tottenham, the £61m-rated forward has also impressed in the final third, bagging two goals and registering three assists – averaging a direct goal contribution every 145 minutes of football played for Conte’s side.

Furthermore, with Son Heung-min being ruled out of Saturday’s fixture after fracturing four bones in his eye socket during the 2-1 win over Olympique de Marseille last week, the return of the duo will come as a huge boost to the Italian head coach, especially with Lucas Moura also reported to still be struggling with an Achilles injury.

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Indeed, with Conte undoubtedly hoping for a much-improved performance and result from the 2-0 loss at The City Ground on Wednesday, the availability of both Kulusevski and Richarlison from the off against Leeds will certainly improve Spurs’ chances of securing a win over the Whites.