Antonio Conte has a lot to think about over the next month, in terms of who wants to stay and who wants to move away from north London, in the January transfer window.
There are many areas that need improvement in the current Spurs squad, and one such area is creativity in the midfield, where Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hogberg lack offensive flair and Giovanni Lo Celso, Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele consistently underperform.
Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has issued his verdict on the two recent midfielders, who have come under fire from fans in recent times.
“We forget how young he is. He’s still only 25. I’ve said for a while now that I think he needs a new challenge. He needs to step away from the club and get a fresh start.
“I think the way Conte wants to play, the system we’ve seen him play with, I think Alli, along with Ndombele, are under serious threat about staying at the club.”
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A second striker is needed for Conte, with Harry Kane being the only real option in this position at the moment, but without a player who can help link defense and attack in midfield, no matter who they have up front. The requested service will not be delivered.
Therefore, the new midfielder can be very useful to the current spurs side and football. London Take a look at three options that could fill that space.
Houssem Aouar (Lyon)
The 23-year-old midfielder has made 19 appearances for Lyon so far this season, scoring five goals and providing two assists.
between Ali, Ndombele And Lo Celso, they have played 22 Premier League games and scored only two goals between them, and despite playing in a completely different league, this is just one indication of how little influence they currently have at Tottenham.
Al-Awar was previously praised by the City Manager, Pep Guardiola.
“Hossam Al-Aawar is a very good player. He is unbelievable.” Guardiola admitted.
“We talk a lot about Ndombele, but Al-Awar is also excellent. He is always very calm with the ball under his feet, with excellent technical quality.”
The quality and creative flair of the France international could be exactly the type of player Conte is looking for, to join the middle of his starting lineup and replace one of his existing midfielders, who are not performing well.
Al-Awar He has been linked with a number of clubs including strong links with north London rivals Arsenal, but with the midfielder remaining less than two years on his contract, a move could be on the table in the next transfer window.
Frank Casey (AC Milan)
Kessie is another player previously linked to the Lilywhites and football. London I already mentioned that the 24-year-old Refusing to extend his contract in his current club.
The Ivorian has another player Already praised, as it was earlier this year, by AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli.
“Frank is a complete player,” Pioli explained. “It gives us physical strength, energy, quality, protects defense, and stabilizes movements to move forward as well.”
Description of the midfielder is exactly what county Needed in the current Tottenham team, where defensive-minded midfielders lack offensive momentum and attacking midfielders has caused defensive gaps.
Casey He himself explained his effect in the dressing room.
“Why do they call me the boss? Because I’m the boss of the team and the boss of the locker room,” he said.
Kessie could be a valuable signing for Spurs and although they would get competition from the likes of Arsenal And Man United, as well as his participation in the 2022 African Cup of Nations, if Fabio Paratici He can complete the deal, he can become an important player for Tottenham.
Nicolo Barilla (Inter Milan)
Another possible signing for the North London club and a player Conte knows personally, stretcher He may be convinced to move to Tottenham and be reunited with his former boss.
The 24-year-old moved to Inter just two months after the Italian took over as manager, in an initial loan move.
Earlier this year, while the 52-year-old was still in charge of the Italian side, Conte himself praised Parilla after his former side’s 2-0 win over Juventus.
“Niccol played a very good game, he did what I asked him to do,” The current Tottenham coach said:. “It was really very decisive.
“A lot of times he wastes his energy with too much generosity or loses balls, today I think he played the best game since I was here.
“He was perfect in every respect, in the quality of his play and his use of the ball.”
The fact that the Italian coach has identified the shortcomings of Barilla’s past but has made clear his improvement, indicates that the two already have a good working relationship, which could continue if the Italian moved to Tottenham.
In 14 Serie A matches so far this season, the midfielder has scored only one goal but has scored six assists. ken He could get back to his goalscoring ways, a player like Barilla could be just what he needs in terms of sending the balls to the England captain to put them in the net.
All three midfielders have been linked with a move to the north London club, along with a number of other players who could move into Conte’s starting line-up in various locations.
It’s a waiting game to see how much work Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici allow the Spurs manager to do but with the obvious improvements needed there will likely be income and expenses in January.