Tottenham have been handed a big double injury relief over January signing Rodrigo Bentancur and wide forward Lucas Moura…
Antonio Conte has revealed that the pair are both back and in contention to face Everton in the Premier League at home on Monday night.
Dan Kilpatrick quoted him as saying: “Bentancur is available. The same for Lucas Moura. For Skipp & Tanganga, they’re not available. We have to wait.”
This news will surely delight Conte as having both players available will come as a major boost to his squad heading into the game against Frank Lampard’s Toffees.
Spurs lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup earlier this week and one player who struggled badly in the middle of the park was Harry Winks. As per SofaScore, he lost 100% (8/8) of his individual duels and was dribbled past a whopping five times whilst failing to complete a single tackle despite playing the entire 120 minutes of action.
This shows that he was incredibly weak and unable to deal with the physicality of the Boro players as he let Conte down badly. It was a shocking display and the return of Bentancur has come at the perfect time for the Italian head coach, as he will now be able to come in to bolster the starting XI.
The 24-year-old has won 54% of his duels in the Premier League since making the switch from Juventus, averaging 2.8 tackles and interceptions per game. This suggests that he could be an upgrade on Winks and that is why Conte will be buzzing to have him as an option against Everton.
Moura, meanwhile, will also provide a boost to the squad as an impact player off the bench. He has averaged an impressive SofaScore rating of 7.09 in the Premier League as he has chipped in with two goals and four assists for Spurs.
Conte will be able to call upon his quality off the bench to potentially change the game if it is not going their way in the second half. His pace could also be useful to bring on if they are winning to stretch the play and waste some time by running down the line and causing the Everton defence to drop back five or ten yards to deal with his running, which is why his return will delight the head coach.