Antonio Conte’s future at Tottenham Hotspur could hinge on their activity in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that there are “concerns” at Spurs following the Italian’s surprise comments over their recent transfer business to Sky Italia.
“Concerns at Tottenham that Antonio Conte’s future will hinge on summer recruitment as it emerges he was warned of budget restrictions before agreeing to take over,” he tweeted alongside an accompanying article.
The north Londoners signed Juventus duo Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur but let go of Dele Alli permanently, and Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele and Byran Gil on loan during deadline day.
‘Spurs expect Conte to see out the season despite his public outburst but there are internal concerns that the club’s summer recruitment will have a major influence on the head coach’s future ahead of next season,’ he wrote.
You can’t but feel that this is a timebomb waiting to explode but you can hardly be surprised.
You’ve got one world-class manager in Antonio Conte, who has perennially been backed financially in the transfer market. And you’ve got a tough-negotiating chairman in Daniel Levy, who isn’t going to spend freely.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, the 52-year-old spent a whopping £200m but it resulted in a Premier League title and an FA Cup, whilst at Inter Milan, it wasn’t far off being a similar amount as he secured their first Scudetto in over a decade.
The recurring theme is that backing the Italian head coach garners reward in the form of silverware. Spurs are a club that haven’t tasted that glory since 2008.
Spurs’ squad lack quality depth and even at that, it’s far from good enough. Conte’s comments about the side getting weaker this winter are technically true but none of those players were adding anything of substance.
He needs to be backed to the hill in the summer and that just doesn’t seem likely given Levy’s history, so it’s easy to see why the manager’s long-term future at the club is in jeopardy.
As such, the supporters around N17 will be absolutely fuming, if not worried heading into the remainder of 2022.