Antonio Conte’s “fearsome” first eleven in Tottenham

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Antonio Conte has revitalised Tottenham since he was appointed by the club back in November – and the highly-rated Italian has wasted no time in bolstering his squad after steering the Londoners back into the Champions League.

After pipping Arsenal to a top-four finish, Spurs are in a position to push on under Conte and challenge for major honours again. The former Chelsea man has already made some astute signings in the early weeks of the summer transfer window in the form of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma, with more new faces set to follow.

With the likes of Richarlison and Djed Spence also reportedly on the Italian’s radar, Spurs could start the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a very different team to the one that finished last season – and Conte should have no shortage of different formations or personnel to call upon.

Although Perisic has starred in a wing-back role in Italy, the Croatian international is more than comfortable being utilised further up the pitch and could even be utilised in an advanced role to accommodate both him and Sessegnon in the same side if the former Fulham youngster can maintain the impressive form he showcased at the end of last season.

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The capture of Bissouma gives Conte a wealth of options to rotate with in the centre of the park. With Spurs usually tending to deploy two central midfielders ahead of their back three, the Mali enforcer will compete for a spot with talented youngster Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and January recruit Rodrigo Bentancur, who has already made a huge impression since his £20million switch from Juventus.

Given Bentancur’s stunning impact in the final weeks of the season, it seems likely that the Uruguayan maestro will start the new campaign alongside Bissouma or Hojbjerg – but rotation will be key in the middle of the park if Spurs and Conte are to challenge on four fronts next year.

The main dilemma now for Tottenham is up front, with Conte eager to source an adequate deputy for his talisman, Harry Kane. But enticing someone to the club to effectively play second fiddle down the middle is a tough ask.

With his ability to play anywhere across the front three, Richarlison could be the ideal solution for Spurs.

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