If reports are to be believed, Antonio Conte is close to becoming Tottenham’s new manager.
With Conte’s potential arrival comes talk of tactical changes. The Italian is known for playing three at the back and a specific style of football.
So how could Tottenham line up if he is appointed?
There are obvious problems at centre-back. Cristian Romero will be a guaranteed starter but who are the other two? We think it will probably be Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez, and the club will surely target a new signing in that position in January.
As for the wing-backs, Sergio Reguilon should excel in a more advanced role, while Emerson Royal is likely to keep his spot on the right. That said, Conte’s appointment is good news for Matt Doherty, who is a far better wing-back than a full-back and should see his game time increase.
In central midfield, there is no need for Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Hojbjerg’s deep partnership to continue – a third centre-back means one of the midfielders can be slightly more forward thinking. Tanguy Ndombele is the perfect player to get the ball moving up the pitch from this role.
There there will be a link player between the midfield and attack. If Conte can get him motivated, Giovani Lo Celso could have a new lease of life here, playing behind the obvious front two of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
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