Tottenham Hotspur fans should have little fear heading into the January transfer window after an encouraging claim from a reliable source emerged this week…
According to football.london reporter Alasdair Gold, Spurs boss Antonio Conte knows exactly where the club is financially and did so before accepting the role, so he understands whether or not he can bolster the playing squad this winter.
The Italian is renowned for being a big spender when it comes to transfer activity, having spent over £300m during his time at local rivals Chelsea, where he won a league title and an FA Cup.
But the Lilywhites have notoriously spent little in January, so there could be worries that Conte will not be able to work his magic and no one will want to lose their world-class coach over problems in the transfer market.
Although, Gold’s claim has provided some insight into where he stands heading into January. He said:
“From what I’ve been told, Conte was made fully aware of what the club can and can’t do when it comes to money. They are on a more even keel now after losing £150m of revenue during the pandemic and that debt is spread long-term rather than in short-term loans.
“I think players will be moved on. By his own admission, Conte is evaluating his squad to see who he wants and doesn’t, but also I can’t imagine the Italian would have been brought in without being assured that changes will be made to help him. Tottenham have to push on and improve their squad or the gap will continue to grow to the other clubs, regardless of who is in charge.”
This has to be news that leaves much of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium faithful absolutely buzzing, if not hugely excited, as it means Conte is effectively here to stay and will do what he can to bolster the squad in the early part of 2022.
He would not have accepted the job if he wasn’t going to be backed or given a true shot at changing their fortunes on the pitch and because let’s be honest, every manager since and including Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that some sort of rebuild was required.
As per Gold above, some players – largely the deadwood, you’d imagine – will be moved on to garner move funds for the 52-year-old to utilise in January, whilst it is abundantly clear that some sort of investment will be required as Spurs lack quality in several key areas of the pitch.
For instance, there is no viable alternative to Harry Kane, which not only is a worry due to the Englishman’s poor form (one top-flight goal in 11 appearances) but also because it limits Conte in his tactical system, having deployed a two-man attack at Inter Milan, with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez firing them to the Scudetto.
Cristian Romero’s injury raises further question marks defensively, so a new centre-back could be on the agenda, whilst Spurs are one of the worst teams in the final third (joint league-low of 10.3 shots per game), so a creative playmaker is surely on the list of priorities, too.
All in all, this latest update must raise expectations and excitement heading into January, which will surely be a busy month for Conte, sporting director Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy as they look to finally bring the north Londoners back to their very best.
We must expect a busy winter transfer window in N17.